Scandinavia Volume 1, Nos. 1-12

Scandinavia Volume 1, Nos. 1-12

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...in a decade or two it will probably become impossible to cite the sucking cub as an instance of "natural" instincts. Of course, the fictions of a time must be in harmony with the science of the time. But in urging compliance with this proposition, our time has committed a sore mistake. A scientist makes a discovery. He is immediately accosted by the aspiring schoolboy, the hungry newspaper reporter, the genius of the streetcorner, the artist of the parlor, the hero of popular education, the Messiah of book-making; in short, by all that rabble which now infests literature. The discovery at once becomes exceedingly interesting on account of the applications which are made of it, exceedingly important on account of the inferences which are drawn from it, exceedingly, ... exceedingly.... Before long it becomes the only sound basis of education, the only true source of enthusiasm, the only real future of the race, ., .. an indescribable humdrum. Then comes the poet, he who hears the silent voices of the time, he who feels the latent pulses of the age, he--the poet of the period, and with a loftiness of spirit which sweeps every bit of existing morals out into the corners, of darkness, and a technique which handles a 60-pounder like a common cork--he puts the discovery and its applications and its inferences, the whole affair, on the stage. The curtain is hauled up, the rabble fills the pit, and the half-crazy voice becomes a sonorous round of applause. But this is only to be looked at, not to be touched, except by a Hercules. There are, however, other forms of the mistake, milder forms, and of them it may be possible to say an appropriate word. The first time I noticed such an unwarrantable mixing together of fiction and science was, if I am...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493613
  • 9781236493613