Collected Essays: Darwiniana

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Appleton, 1894 - Science
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Page 52 - by the outcry of the same strong party ? It is true that if philosophers have suffered, their cause has been amply avenged. Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules ; and history records
Page 87 - varieties arise irrespectively of the notion of purpose, or of utility, according to general laws of Nature, and may be either useful, or hurtful, or indifferent." On the contrary, Mr. Darwin writes (Summary of Chap. V.) :— " Our ignorance of the laws of variation is profound. Not in one
Page 110 - service to the philosophy of Biology rendered by Mr. Darwin is the reconciliation of Teleology and Morphology, and the explanation of the facts of both which his views offer. The Teleology which supposes that the eye, such as we see it in man or one of the higher
Page 304 - to another of the possible alternatives. There is little difference between the last edition of the " Origin " (1872) and the first on this head. In 1876, however, he writes to Moritz Wagner, " In my opinion, the greatest error which I have committed has been not allowing sufficient weight to the direct action of the
Page 48 - of some kind between the species which are crossed. Nor is it surprising that the facility of effecting a first cross, the fertility of hybrids produced from it, and the capacity of being grafted together—though this latter capacity evidently depends on widely
Page 190 - observateurs de notre tems, sont venues à mon secours, et m'ont fait admettre plus aisément, que l'animal, et toute autre substance organisée ne commence point lorsque nous le croyons, et que sa generation apparente n'est qu'une développement et une espèce d'augmentation. Aussi ai je remarqué que l'auteur de la Recherche de la
Page 287 - in 1877 which contains the following paragraph, confirmatory of the view expressed above : "When I was on board the ¿eagle, I believed in the permanence of species, but, as far as I can remember, vague doubts occasionally flitted across my mind. On my return home in

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