American Edition of the British Encyclopedia; Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge Volume 1

American Edition of the British Encyclopedia; Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ...species; the organs of generation. In taking this general survey of what would appear, a priori, to be necssary for adapting an animal to the situations of humanity, we observe, with great satisfaction, that man is in fact made of such systems, and for such purposes, lie has them all, and he has nothing more, except the organs of respiration. Breathing we cannot account for a priori, we only know that it is in fact essential to life. Notwithstanding this, when we see all the other parts of the body, and their functions, so well accounted for, and so wisely adapted to their several purposes, we cannot doubt that respiration is so likewise. We find, in fact, that the blood in its circulation becomes altered in its properties, and that these are renewed by the absorption of the oxygenous or pure part of the atmosphere in the lungs; we find, also, that this function is the means of supporting the temperature of the animal. The use and necessity of all the different systems in a man's body is not more apparent, than the wisdom and contrivance which has been exerted in putting them all into the most compact and convenient form, and in disposing them so, that they shall mutually receive and give helps to one another, and that all, or many of the parts, shall not only answer their principal end or purpose, but operate successfully and usefully in many secondary ways. If we understand and consider the whole animal machine in this light, and compare it with any machine.in which human art has done its utmost, suppose the best constructed ship that ever was built, we shall be convinced, beyond the possibility of doubt, that there is intelligence and power far surpassing what humanity can boast of. In making such a comparison, there in a peculiarity and...show more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236604407
  • 9781236604408