Spencer and Spencerism

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Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900 - 241 pages

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Page 79 - Evolution is an integration of matter and concomitant dissipation of motion; during which the matter passes from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity; and during which the retained motion undergoes a parallel transformation.* * The definition of Evolution needs qualifying by introduction of the word "relatively" before each of its antithetical clauses.
Page 172 - I believe that the experiences of utility, organized and consolidated through all past generations of the human race, have been producing corresponding nervous modifications, which, by continued transmission and accumulation, have become in us certain faculties of moral intuition — certain emotions responding to right and wrong conduct, which have no apparent basis in the individual experiences of utility.
Page 197 - But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth : but thou shalt utterly destroy them...
Page 205 - Whence it is manifest that a thing is perfectly known only when it is in all respects like certain things previously observed; that in proportion to the number of respects in which it is unlike them, is the extent to which it is unknown; and that hence when it has absolutely no attribute in common with anything else, it must be absolutely beyond the bounds of knowledge.
Page 213 - The interpretation of all phenomena in terms of Matter, Motion, and Force, is nothing more than the reduction of our complex symbols of thought to the simplest symbols; and when the equation has been brought to its lowest terms the symbols remain symbols still.
Page 93 - and ' composition ' must, in harmony with the modern teachings of physics, be approached under the dominant conception of modes of motion. " The physicists have been led to consider the qualities of things as expressions of internal movements ; even more imperative does it seem to us that the biologist should regard the qualities (including structure and composition) of protoplasm as in like manner the expression of internal movements.
Page 122 - He learns at once the greatness and the littleness of human intellect — its power in dealing with all that comes within the range of experience ; its impotence in dealing with all that transcends experience. He feels, with a vividness...
Page 99 - From the beginning pressure of population has been the proximate cause of progress. It produced the original diffusion of ! the race. It compelled men to abandon predatory . habits and take to agriculture. It led to the clearing of the earth's surface. It forced men into the; social state ; made social organization inevitable ; and has developed the social sentiments. It has stimulated to progressive improvements in production, ; and to increased skill and intelligence.
Page 197 - And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. 12 And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it...

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