More Letters of Charles Darwin: A Record of His Work in a Series of Hitherto Unpublished Letters, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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John Murray, 1903 - Evolution
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Page 36 - As to the theory of Natural Selection itself, I shall always maintain it to be actually yours and yours only. You had worked it out in details I had never thought of, years before I had a ray of light on the subject, and my paper would never have convinced anybody or been noticed as more than an ingenious speculation, whereas your book has revolutionised the study of Natural History, and carried away captive the best men of the present age. All the merit I claim is the having been the means of inducing...
Page 40 - Natural selection could only have endowed the savage with a brain a little superior to that of an ape, whereas he actually possesses one but very little inferior to that of the average members of our learned societies.
Page 114 - Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands visited during the Voyage of HMS Beagle; together with some brief Notices on the Geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope; being the second part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle.
Page 115 - I can without saying so in so many words for I have always thought that the great merit of the Principles was that it altered the whole tone of one's mind, and therefore that, when seeing a thing never seen by Lyell, one yet saw it partially through his eyes...
Page 196 - It still seems to me a marvellous thing that there should not have been much, and long continued, subsidence in the beds of the great oceans. I wish that some doubly rich millionaire would take it into his head to have borings made in some of the Pacific and Indian atolls, and bring home cores for slicing from a depth of 500 or 600 feet.
Page 321 - I would suggest to you the advantage, at present, of being very sparing in introducing theory in your papers (I formerly erred much in Geology in that way): LET THEORY GUIDE YOUR OBSERVATIONS, but till your reputation is well established be sparing in publishing theory. It makes persons doubt your observations.
Page 41 - I do not think I ever in all my life read anything more interesting and original and how well and clearly you put every point!
Page 177 - Observations on the Parallel Roads of Glen Roy, and of other parts of Lochaber in Scotland, with an attempt to prove that they are of marine origin.
Page 33 - The great leading idea is quite new to me viz. that during late ages the mind will have been modified more than the body...
Page 54 - ... from a very large number of observations, systematically made, would probably throw much light on the sequence and period of development of the several faculties. This knowledge would probably give a foundation for some improvement in our education of young children, and would show us whether the same system ought to be followed in all cases. I will venture to specify a few points of inquiry which, as it seems to me, possess some scientific interest.

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