An Introduction to a Biology: And Other Papers

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Funk and Wagnalls, 1917 - Biology - 290 pages
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Page 71 - What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unus'd.
Page 67 - And the LORD was with Judah ; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain ; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
Page 156 - But if we conceive a being whose faculties are so sharpened that he can follow every molecule in its course, such a being, whose attributes are still as essentially finite as our own, would be able to do what is at present impossible to us.
Page 156 - Now let us suppose that such a vessel is divided into two portions, A and B, by a division in which there is a small hole, and that a being, who can see the individual molecules, opens and closes this hole, so as to allow only the swifter molecules to pass from A to B, and only the slower ones to pass from B to A. He will thus, without expenditure of work, raise the temperature of B and lower that of A, in contradiction to the secon'd law of thermodynamics.
Page 159 - Operating among such phenomena the gross statistical method is a misleading instrument; and, applied to these intricate discriminations, the imposing Correlation Table into which the biometrical Procrustes fits his arrays of unanalysed data is still no substitute for the common sieve of a trained judgment.
Page 286 - London, has defined this new science as ' the study of agencies under social control that may improve or impair the racial qualities of future generations, either physically or mentally'.
Page 196 - The chief line of descent," it is generally believed, "runs from germ to germ and not from person to person." Yet " the person may be accepted on the whole as a fair representative of the germ...
Page 71 - The mother of Sisera looked out at a window and cried through the lattice Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
Page 197 - . . . . with absolute precision to individual cases." But I may be interpreting this wrongly, for the "less" may refer not to the difference between population and individual, but to the difference between person and germ. And, in fact, I think the following quotation from the previous page ('97, p. 402) justifies us in concluding that Galton conceived his Law as being true solely of masses without being true of the component individuals.
Page 205 - On the Influence of Bias and of Personal Equation in Statistics of Ill-defined Qualities : An Experimental Study.

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