The Bible of Nature; Five Lectures Delivered Before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

The Bible of Nature; Five Lectures Delivered Before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...As a matter of fact, however, we cannot at present redescribe any vital behavior in terms of physical and chemical categories, and the secret of the organism has to be admitted as such whether we advance to a vitalistic statement of it or not. In vitalistic doctrine we must distinguish two positions, first, the negative statement, which seems at present safe, that no vital activity can be completely redescribed in terms of physics and chemistry, and second, the positive statement, which is open to various objections, that there is in the living creature some "vital principle" or "En-telechy." If an Organism Could be Made Artificially, What Then?--Finally, let us suppose that some bold experimenter in the borderland between chemistry and biology, a man like Professor Jacques Loeb, is successful this year or next year in making, not merely a corpuscle of proteid, but a little living thing, by some ingenious synthesis. What then? (a) It is quite likely that the steps leading to this hypothetical achievement might be as unlike those which, on the hypothesis of abiogenesis, once occurred in Nature's laboratory, as the artificial synthesis of, say, oxalic acid is unlike what takes place in the sorrel in the wood. (6) At present we cannot assert that the laws of the movements of organic corpuscles can be deduced from the laws of motion of not-living corpuscles--continuous as we may believe cosmic evolution to have been--and the artificial production of a living creature would not enable us to make this assertion. What simplification of descriptive formulae the future has in store for us no one can predict. We may have to simplify the conceptual formulae which we use in describing animate behavior, and we may have to modify the conceptual formulae more

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  • English
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  • 9781236661234