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Evolution, Old and New: Or, The Theories of Buffon - Page 6
by Samuel Butler - 1879 - 384 pages
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The Christian observer [afterw.] The Christian observer and advocate

1860
...following remarks which follow shortly after :— '' It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing (he eye to a telescope. We know that this instrument has been...process. But may not this inference be presumptuous ? [It may indeed !] Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like...
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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or The Preservation ...

Charles Darwin - Evolution - 1866 - 593 pages
...of natural selection to so startling a length. It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing the eye to a telescope. We know that this instrument has been...this inference be presumptuous? Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like those of man ? If we must compare the eye...
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Bioplasm

Lionel Smith Beale - Protoplasm - 1872 - 345 pages
..." has been perfected by the long-continued efforts of the highest human intellect " ; and, he says, we " naturally infer (!) that the eye has been formed by a somewhat analagousprocess." But natural inferences and analogical arguments of this kind do not forward natural...
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Bioplasm: An Introduction to the Study of Physiology & Medicine

Lionel Smith Beale - Protoplasm - 1872 - 345 pages
..." has been perfected by the long-continued efforts of the highest human intellect" ; and, he says, we " naturally infer (!) that the eye has been formed by a somewhat analagousprocess." But natural inferences and analogical arguments of this kind do not forward natural...
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What is Darwinism?

Charles Hodge - Evolution - 1874 - 178 pages
...telescope. We know that this instrument has been perfected by the long continued efforts of the highest of human intellects ; and we naturally infer that the...this inference be presumptuous ? Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like those of man ? If we must compare the eye...
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WHAT IS DARWINISM ?(1874)

CHARLES HODGE - 1874
...telescope. We know that this instrument has been perfected by the long continued efforts of the highest of human intellects ; and we naturally infer that the...this inference be presumptuous ? Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like those of man ? If we must compare the eye...
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Problems of faith, a third series of lectures to young men, delivered at the ...

London coll. of the Presbyterian church in England - 1875
...surprised at others hesitating to extend the principle of natural selection to so startling a length. " It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing the eye...and we naturally infer that the eye has been formed cientific UnbelieJ what analogous process. But may not this be presumptuous ? Have we any right to...
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On the origin of species by means of natural selection ; or, The ...

Charles Darwin - Evolution - 1875 - 458 pages
...surprised at others hesitating to extend the principle of natural selection to so startling a length. It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing the eye with a telescope. AVe know that this instrument has been perfected by the longcontinued effort« of the highest human...
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The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, The Preservation of ...

Charles Darwin - Evolution - 1882 - 458 pages
...surprised at others hesitating to extend the principle of natural selection to BO startling a length. It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing the eye...this inference be presumptuous ? Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like those of man? If we must compare the eye...
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Darwinism Stated by Darwin Himself: Characteristic Passages from the ...

Charles Darwin - Evolution - 1884 - 351 pages
...surprised at others hesitating to extend the principle of natural selection to so startling a length. It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing the eye...this inference be presumptuous ? Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like those of man ? If we must compare the eye...
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