Evolution: Social and Organic

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C. H. Kerr, 1909 - Evolution - 186 pages

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Page 134 - The dim and shadowy outlines of the superhuman deity fade slowly away from before us ; and as the mist of his presence floats aside, we perceive with greater and greater clearness the shape of a yet grander and nobler figure — of Him who made all gods and shall unmake them.
Page 131 - Man's own social organization, hitherto confronting him as a necessity imposed by nature and history, now becomes the result of his own free action.
Page 132 - Only from that time will man himself, more and more consciously, make his own history— only from that time will the social causes set in motion by him have, in the main and in a constantly growing measure, the results intended by him.
Page 159 - State function. Suppose that, in accordance with this view, each muscle were to maintain that the nervous system had no right to interfere with its contraction, except to prevent it from hindering the contraction of another muscle ; or each gland, that it had a right to secrete, so long as its secretion interfered with no other; suppose every separate cell left free to follow its own
Page 11 - But if cattle or lions had hands, so as to paint with their hands and produce works of art as men do, they would paint their gods and give them bodies in form like their own — horses like horses, cattle like cattle.
Page 156 - I do, from long experience hoth here and in England, the miseries which this trade, as it is now conducted, inflicts on those to whom it gives employment, I do not hesitate to say, — perish the cotton trade, perish even the political superiority of our country, (if it depends on the cotton trade,) rather than they shall be...
Page 9 - The Ephesians would do well to hang themselves, every grown man of them, and leave the city to beardless lads; for they have cast out Hermodorus, the best man among them, saying: 'We will have none who is best among us; if there be any such, let him be so elsewhere and among others.
Page 15 - Arms of old were hands nails and teeth and stones and boughs broken off from the forests, and flame and fire, as soon as they had become known. Afterwards the force of iron and copper was discovered ; and the use of copper was known before that of iron, as its nature is easier to work and it is found in greater quantity.
Page 130 - Who are the fittest : those who are continually at war with each other, or those who support one another ?" we at once see that those animals which acquire habits of mutual aid are undoubtedly the fittest. They have more chances to survive, and they attain, in their respective classes, the highest development of intelligence and bodily organization.
Page 160 - ... and laissez-faire lord of all, what would become of the body physiological ? The fact is that the sovereign power of the body thinks for the physiological organism, acts for it, and rules the individual components with a rod of iron. Even the blood-corpuscles can't hold a public meeting without being accused of

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