The Functional Inertia of Living Matter; A Contribution to the Physiological Theory of Life

The Functional Inertia of Living Matter; A Contribution to the Physiological Theory of Life

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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: ...Now Haeckel as clearly as possible regards life, as I do, as the resultant of the simultaneous possession of the two complementary tendencies. Once we have assumed the existence of this other fundamental property in protoplasm, a very great deal of the phenomena of heredity and reproduction is explicable. Huxley speaks of "the inevitable recurrence to the original type: " why inevitable? Because inertial; it is as "inevitable" as that because of momentum the pushed door should swing on, the disturbed rocking-stone oscillate, the express train dash through the obstructions. Functional inertia preserves race-peculiarities, preserves constancy of type through very long periods of time. As Professor Huxley has well said, t "Any admissible hypothesis of progressive modification must be compatible with persistence without progression through indefinite periods." Thus the type of certain fishes has been preserved for ages from very early geological times. "No order of fishes is known to be extinct," says Professor Huxley. J According to Professor Ewart the type of "the horse with the Roman nose" is another T.H.Huxley, "Darwiniana: Collected Essays," vol. ii.p. 114. (Macmillan.) t Ibid. vol. viii. 1902, p. 304, % Loc. cit. p. 354. case of age-long type preservation. Again Huxley may be quoted as follows: "The tendency to reproduce the original stock has, as it were, its limits, and side by side with it there is a tendency to vary in certain directions, as if there were two opposing forces working upon the organic being, one tending to take it in a straight line, and the other tending to make it diverge from that straight line, first to the one side and then to the other." Now could we...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612612
  • 9781236612618