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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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Darwin's Religious Odyssey

William E. Phipps - Religion - 2002 - 207 pages
...broken, and that no cataclysm has desolated the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.51 "Progress towards perfection" does not follow from Darwin's theory; it appears to be...
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Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of Scientific Discovery

John Waller - Discoveries in science - 2004 - 308 pages
...only for his own good; Nature only for that of the being she tends.' And towards the end of the book: 'As natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.' It is arguable that Darwin included these passages as a prudent means of de-fanging the harsh reality he...
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The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe

Robert J. Richards - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 587 pages
...morally progressive state that the history of evolution exemplified and, ultimately, produced. For "as natural selection works solely by and for the...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection."54 The moral character of nature's actions in regard to her own creations is whispered,...
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Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor

Gregory Moore - Political Science - 2002
...existence. In the closing pages of The Origin of Species, he even declares that natural selection 'works by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection'.14 But Darwin stopped short of a law of progressive development. He repeatedly criticised...
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Creation

Hans Schwarz - Religion - 2002 - 254 pages
...conditions. Darwin's conclusions in terms of the nature of species were quite optimistic. Since he thought "natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being," he could claim that "all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection....
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On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin - History - 2003 - 672 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...towards perfection. It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various...
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Deep Futures: Our Prospects for Survival

Doug Cocks - Nature - 2003 - 332 pages
...broken, and that no cataclysm has desolated the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection ... There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers having been breathed by the Creator...
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Evolutionary Theory in the Social Sciences: Early foundations and later ...

William M. Dugger, Howard J. Sherman - Evolution - 2003 - 280 pages
...broken, and that no cataclysm has desolated the whole world. Hence, 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. It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many...
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Die Selbstkritik der Utopie in der angloamerikanischen Literatur

Hans Ulrich Seeber - American literature - 2003 - 310 pages
...vorsichtigem Optimismus: "Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfetion."11 Man sieht: Darwin lieferte nur das abstrakte Vorstellungsmodell, das Lytton mit einem...
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Knowledge and Civilization

Barry Allen - Philosophy - 2004 - 342 pages
...4. Darwin was pulled in two directions on the question of progress. In Origin of Species he writes, **as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." Yet to a correspondent some years later, he says, "after long reflection, I cannot avoid the conviction...
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