The Chances of Death; And Other Studies in Evolution Volume 1

The Chances of Death; And Other Studies in Evolution Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...elaborate human concepts and ideas have been ultimately deduced by association and suggestion (generally by the method of limits) from stored sense-impresses, and these ultimately from sensations, and that all our knowledge is ultimately based on sensatory experience, then I am inclined to think that Naturalism is absolutely at one with Science. And further, if the Rationalist teaches that knowledge (as distinct from mere sensatory experience) can only be derived by the application of reason to the contents of the mind, then his doctrine also appears to be in perfect harmony with both Naturalism and Science. Mr. Balfour attempts to introduce confusion by using the words "natural" science, and telling us that the Rationalist holds that nothing deserves "to be called knowledge which does not come within the circle of the natural sciences" (p. 171). Remove the word natural, or interpret it in an accurate sense, and this seems a statement to which every Naturalist, every Scientist, and every Rationalist must assent. It is, indeed, a conclusion to which every logical analysis of the words science and knowledge must lead. If Mr. Balfour means by "natural" science one which does not deal with the "supernatural," then the word is in the right place; if he uses natural science as something apart from exact science on the one hand, or from mental science on the other, then it behoves him to state what Rationalist has refused cither to geometry or psychology, say, a place in the field of knowledge. As we shall show when we come to consider the real foundations of science, modern theoretical physics are precisely in the same category as geometry, and neither is more or less of a "natural" science than...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920945
  • 9781236920942