Htr Volume 6

Htr Volume 6

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...Paris, 1873. The authoritative statement of Lamarckism. Morgan, T. H. Evolution and Adaptation. New York, The Macmillan C0-_. 1905-An excellent general account of the modern theory of evolut10I1-Osborn, H. F. From the Greeks to Darwin. New York, The Macmillan C0-, 1394-An excellent history of the theory of descent. Weismann, A. The Evolution Theory. Translated by J. A. Thomson and M-3-Thomson. London, Edward Arnold, 1904. Neo-Darwinism stated by its chief advocate. One of the things diflicult to explain in the world of thought was the sudden and overmastering impetus given to the theory of development by the publication of the works of Charles Darwin. The main idea of that theory, namely, that the higher orders of life had come into being through evolution from lower types, was by no means new; and there is so much among the plainest features of the world's life to suggest the idea, that one can only wonder why, if the scientific mind was waiting for, and wanting, the theory (as it appears to have been doing), it should not have taken it up long before Darwin's time. Apparently, Darwin invested the theory with just sufflcient philosophy to make it immediately the subject of world-wide debate. He gave it enough philosophical dress to permit the rising power of mechanistic belief to claim it and rely upon it; and to make it also, for the time being, the chief bugbear of the church. On the favoring tide of acrimonious discussion the new theory swiftly rose to eminence, and was soon enjoying one of the most notable triumphs of modern times. There are many who still speak of it, in its Darwinian form, with awe-struck tones and hated breath, as if it were a kind of sacred thing which must be held above suspicion and reproach. That, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236764706
  • 9781236764706