New Modes of Thought, Based Upon the New Materialism and the New Pantheism: Including a Tribute to Edward Drinker Cope

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J. H. West Company, 1901 - Philosophy, Modern - 150 pages
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Page 82 - A fire-mist and a planet, A crystal and a cell, A jelly-fish and a saurian, And caves where the cave-men dwell ; Then a sense of law and beauty, And a face turned from the clod, — Some call it Evolution, And others call it God.
Page 89 - Are not the mountains, waves, and skies, a part Of me and of my soul, as I of them?
Page 94 - the doctrine that the universe taken or conceived of as a whole is God, or the doctrine that there is no God but the combined forces and laws which are manifested in the existing universe.
Page 82 - A haze on the far horizon, The infinite, tender sky, The ripe, rich tint of the cornfields, And the wild geese sailing high,— And all over upland and lowland The charm of the goldenrod,— Some of us call it Autumn, And others call it God. Like tides on a crescent sea-beach, When the moon is new and thin, Into our hearts high yearnings Come welling and surging in,— Come from the mystic ocean, Whose rim no foot has trod,— Some of us call it Longing, And others call it God.
Page 27 - ... mind" of man are but forces which are inseparably connected with the material substance of our bodies. Just as the motive force of our flesh is involved in the muscular form-element, so is the thinking force of our spirit involved in the form-element of the brain. Our spiritual forces are as much functions of this part of the body, as every force is a function of a material body. We know of no matter which does not possess force, and, conversely, of no forces that are not connected with matter.
Page 66 - One continuous substance filling all space : which can vibrate as light ; which can be sheared into positive and negative electricity ; which in whirls constitutes matter ; and which transmits by continuity, and not by impact, every action and reaction of which matter is capable. This is the modern view of the Ether and its functions.
Page 54 - Perhaps the whole frame of nature may be nothing but various contextures of some certain ethereal spirits or vapours, condensed as it were by precipitation...
Page 8 - For matter, were it never so despicable, is spirit, the manifestation of spirit ; were it never so honorable, can it be more ? The thing visible, nay, the thing imagined, the thing in any way conceived as visible, what, is it but a garment, a clothing of the higher, celestial, invisible, " unimaginable, formless, dark with excess of bright?
Page 38 - Several writers have misapprehended or objected to the term Natural Selection. Some have even imagined that natural selection induces variability, whereas it implies only the preservation of such variations as arise and are beneficial to the being under its conditions of life.
Page 82 - A haze on the far horizon — The infinite, tender sky — The ripe, rich tint of the cornfields, And the wild geese sailing high — And all over upland and lowland The charm of the golden-rod — Some of us call it autumn, And others call it God.

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