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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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Evolution: The History of an Idea

Peter J. Bowler - Science - 2003 - 464 pages
...offset the negative image of a theory based on struggle and suffering, he suggests in the Origin that "as natural selection works solely by and for the...being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend toward perfection" (488-89). Without implying a single hierarchy of evolution leading to humankind,...
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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century

Ignatius Donnelly, Nicholas Ruddick - Fiction - 2003 - 275 pages
...I.iv.82. 18. Though Darwin, at the end of the first edition of The Origin of Species (1859), did note that "as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (chap. 14), he nowhere preached the "gospel" Gabriel...
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Sin and Salvation

Duncan Reid, Mark William Worthing - Religion - 2003 - 250 pages
...least, Darwin also pointed to the future by writing: 'And as natural selection works solely and for good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection.'4 Two words are significant in this statement: 'progress' and 'perfection'. Indeed,...
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The Philosophy of Nietzsche

Rex Welshon - Philosophy - 2004 - 227 pages
...the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.* * C. Darwin, On The Origin of Species (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975), 489. Here, in...
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The Oxford Handbook of Rationality

Alfred R. Mele William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Piers Rawling Associate Professor of Philosophy both at Florida State University - Reference - 2003 - 496 pages
...organisms, or species. Darwin (1859, 489) concludes The Origin of Species with this optimistic argument: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." According to Sober's interpretation, Darwin is arguing that since selection maximizes individual fitness,...
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Nietzsche's New Darwinism

John Richardson Professor of Philosophy New York University - Philosophy - 2004 - 300 pages
...Natural selection acts only in a tentative manner" (Descent 1/178). On the other hand he also says: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (Origin 489). has progressed, in precisely the case they most have in mind—human societies and values....
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A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought

Stephen Kern - History - 2009 - 448 pages
...consciousness throughout the eons. In the first edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin claimed that "as natural selection works solely by and for the...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection."53 In history the Judéo-Christian tradition offered the hope for worldly perfection, the...
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The Evolution of Darwinism: Selection, Adaptation and Progress in ...

Timothy Shanahan - Philosophy - 2004 - 342 pages
...characterizing living things. On this all evolutionists agree. Darwin maintained again and again that "natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being" (Darwin 1859, p. 489; 1959, p. 758). But there are many "beings" involved in the evolutionary process....
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The Indelible Stamp: The Evolution of an Idea

Charles Darwin, James D. Watson - Science - 2005 - 1260 pages
...the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and...towards perfection. It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various...
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The Squashed Philosophers

Glyn Lloyd-Hughes - Philosophy - 2005 - 436 pages
...some few beings which lived long before the first Silurian age, they seem to me to become ennobled. And as natural selection works solely by and for the...towards perfection. It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, insects...
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