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" Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection. "
The Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin - 19?? - 238 pages
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The Good Life: Alternatives in Ethics

Burton Frederick Porter - Philosophy - 2001 - 305 pages
...that of Darwin, who concluded The Origin of Species by saying "we may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection." However, since the nineteenth century when these confident words were penned, we...
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Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature

John Cartwright - Psychology - 2000 - 376 pages
...teleology and given a naturalistic explanation of the origin of species, at the end of Origin he says: And as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection. (Darwin, 1859, p. 459) But progress to large brains was never inevitable. Natural selection is not...
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Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos

Roger Lewin - Science - 1999 - 234 pages
...many places, doesn't he? "That's right," said Steve. "The most famous one comes from near the end: 'And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.' But historians make a mistake when they try to find utter consistency in the world of great thinkers....
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Herbert Spencer: Critical Assessments, Volume 2

John Offer - Philosophy - 2000 - 1669 pages
...the penultimate paragraph of On the Origin of Species (1859:489), the last sentence of which reads: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." Here, it is important to realize, Darwin is using the language employed by the naturalists of his day...
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Exercises in Constructive Imagination

Ermanno Bencivenga - Philosophy - 2001 - 211 pages
...are those, of course, who have deep confidence in this process. They would agree with Darwin that, "as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (The Origin of Species 395), and they are only too eager to see a similar perfection extend to the...
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Eschatology

Hans Schwarz - Religion - 2000 - 431 pages
...that, in the concluston at least, he could not refrain from pointing toward the future by writing: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection." Two words are signifscant in this statement: "progress" and "perfection." Indeed,...
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The Mystery of Reason

Paul Haffner - Religion - 2001 - 285 pages
...design in the silent and invisible work of natural selection. 'We may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection.'54 Darwin's view of man seems materialist: 'Why is thought, being a secretion of...
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The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking

Dennis Richard Danielson - Science - 2001 - 556 pages
...the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection. Darwin wrote these words in 1859, just slightly after the formulation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics,...
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Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin

Robert Faggen - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 363 pages
...control and prediction. In addition to being altruistic, natural selection will produce perfection: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection."28 But perfection, here, is only a tendency and at best a fulfillment of a certain...
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In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests and the Myths of Nature

Nature - 535 pages
...catastrophes, such as extinctions, were necessary steps, making room for new and better life forms. As "natural selection works solely by and for the...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress to- _ wards perfection," Darwin wrote. "Thus from the war of nature, from IJ7 famine and death, the...
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