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" Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection. "
The Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin - 19?? - 238 pages
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The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870

Walter E. Houghton - History - 1957 - 467 pages
...general theory of progress as a law of nature, see Colliogwood, The Idea of History, pp. 144-5, 321-3. good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" to unloose a flood of evolutionary Utopias.38 Though Huxley was to insist that the natural process...
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The Good Life: Alternatives in Ethics

Burton Frederick Porter - Philosophy - 2001 - 305 pages
...that of Darwin, who concluded The Origin of Species by saying "we may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection." However, since the nineteenth century when these confident words were penned, we...
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Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature

John Cartwright - Psychology - 2000 - 376 pages
...teleology and given a naturalistic explanation of the origin of species, at the end of Origin he says: And as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection. (Darwin, 1859, p. 459) But progress to large brains was never inevitable. Natural selection is not...
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Herbert Spencer: Critical Assessments, Volume 2

John Offer - Philosophy - 2000 - 1669 pages
...the penultimate paragraph of On the Origin of Species (1859:489), the last sentence of which reads: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." Here, it is important to realize, Darwin is using the language employed by the naturalists of his day...
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The Scientific American Book of the Cosmos

David Levy - Science - 2000 - 408 pages
...The Origin of Species, expressed Victorian social preference more than nature's record in writing: "As natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." -LEFT WALL OF MINIMAL COMPLEXITY PRECAMBRIAN Ul O ^ BACTERIA - BACTERIA LU O UJ DC PRESENT COMPLEXITY...
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Biology and Epistemology

Richard Creath, Jane Maienschein - Philosophy - 2000 - 295 pages
...penultimate paragraph of the first edition of the book, in summing up his position, Darwin declared that "as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." 6 Darwin's conclusion about the progressive effects of natural selection directly flowed from the logic...
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Exercises in Constructive Imagination

Ermanno Bencivenga - Philosophy - 2001 - 211 pages
...are those, of course, who have deep confidence in this process. They would agree with Darwin that, "as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (The Origin of Species 395), and they are only too eager to see a similar perfection extend to the...
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Eschatology

Hans Schwarz - Religion - 2000 - 431 pages
...that, in the concluston at least, he could not refrain from pointing toward the future by writing: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection." Two words are signifscant in this statement: "progress" and "perfection." Indeed,...
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The Mystery of Reason

Paul Haffner - Religion - 2001 - 285 pages
...design in the silent and invisible work of natural selection. 'We may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection.'54 Darwin's view of man seems materialist: 'Why is thought, being a secretion of...
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The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking

Dennis Richard Danielson - Science - 2001 - 556 pages
A sweeping account of humanity's evolving vision of the universe, as viewed through the writings of the most exceptional thinkers in history
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