The Riddle of the Universe

The Riddle of the Universe

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...the fossil skulls of the period has been carefully examined, and has given us a good deal of reliable information as to the size, and, to some extent, as to the structure, of the brain they enclosed. We find, within the limits of one and the same group (the ungulates, the rodents, or the primates), a marked advance in the later miocene and pliocene specimens as compared with the earlier eocene and oligocene representatives of the same stem; in the former. the brain (in proportion to the size of the organism) is six to eight times as large as in the latter. Moreover, that highest stage of consciousness, which is reached by man alone, has been evolved step by step--even by the very progress of civilization--from a lower condition, as we find illustrated to-day in the case of uncivilized races. That is easily proved by a comparison of their languages, which is closely connected with the comparison of their ideas. The higher the conceptual faculty advances in thoughtful civilized man, the more qualified he is to detect common features amid a multitude of details, and embody them in general concepts, and so much the clearer and deeper does his consciousness become. CHAPTER XI THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL The Citadel of Superstition--Athanatism and Thanatism--Individual Character of Death--Immortality of the Unicellular Organisms (Protists)--Cosmic and Personal Immortality--Primary Thanatism (of Uncivilized Peoples)--Secondary Thanatism (of Ancient and Recent Philosophers)--Athanatism and Religion--Origin of the Belief in Immortality--Christian Athanatism--Eternal Life--The Day of Judgment--Metaphysical Athanatism--Substance of the Soul--Ether Souls and Air Souls; Fluid Souls and Solid Souls--Immortality of the Animal Soul--Arguments for and Against...
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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547470
  • 9781236547477