The Princeton Review Volume 56

The Princeton Review Volume 56

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... cgo, I deem it as absurd and illogical to affirm that there is no place for a God in nature, originating, directing, and controlling its forces by his will, as it would be to assert that there is no place in. man's body for his conscious mind." Taking Haeckel on his own ground, as above defined, we may next inquire as to the method which he employs in working out his argument. This may be referred to three leading modes of treatment, which, as they are somewhat diverse from those ordinarily familiar to logicians, and are extensively used by evolutionists, deserve some illustration, more especially as Haeckel is a master in their use. An eminent French professor of the art of slight-of-hand has defined the leading principle of jugglers to be that of " appearing and disappearing things," and this is the best definition that occurs to me of one method of reasoning largely used by Haeckel, and of which we need to be on our guard when we find him employing, as he does in almost every page, such phrases as " it cannot be doubted," " we may therefore assume," "we may readily suppose," "this afterwards assumes or becomes," " we may confidently assert," " this developed directly," and the like, which in his usage are equivalent to the presto of the conjurer, and which, while we are looking at one structure 'or animal, enable him to persuade us that it has been suddenly transformed into something else. In tracing the genealogy of man he constantly employs this kind of slight-of-hand in the most adroit manner. He is per haps describing to us the embryo of a fish or an amphibian, and as we become interested in the curious details, it is suddenly by some more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236934245
  • 9781236934246