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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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A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought

Stephen Kern - History - 2009 - 448 pages
...consciousness throughout the eons. In the first edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin claimed that "as natural selection works solely by and for the...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection."53 In history the Judéo-Christian tradition offered the hope for worldly perfection, the...
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The Evolution of Darwinism: Selection, Adaptation and Progress in ...

Timothy Shanahan - Philosophy - 2004 - 342 pages
...characterizing living things. On this all evolutionists agree. Darwin maintained again and again that "natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being" (Darwin 1859, p. 489; 1959, p. 758). But there are many "beings" involved in the evolutionary process....
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The Squashed Philosophers

Glyn Lloyd-Hughes - Philosophy - 2005 - 436 pages
...some few beings which lived long before the first Silurian age, they seem to me to become ennobled. And as natural selection works solely by and for the...towards perfection. It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, insects...
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The Metaphysics of Apes: Negotiating the Animal-Human Boundary

Raymond Corbey - Science - 2005 - 227 pages
...speaks of progress and human worthiness. On the last two pages of Origin of Species, it is stated that "[as] natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection," and the book ends with the remark that "there is grandeur in this view of life" (Darwin 1859: 489,...
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Der Begriff der Seele in der Philosophiegeschichte

Hans-Dieter Klein - Philosophy - 2005 - 292 pages
...matter by the Creator" an. Sem Deismus macht für ihn plausibel: „Natural selection works solely ... for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." On the Origin ofSpecies, Cambridge 1964, 489f. In seiner Theorie nimmt er jedoch keinerlei gerichteten...
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The Evolution of Future Consciousness: The Nature and Historical Development ...

Thomas Lombardo, Ph.D. - Education - 2006 - 472 pages
...being, not even my own. There is no being. " Johan Fichte "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." Charles Darwin In this final section of the chapter I describe the development...
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Norms in Human Development

Leslie Smith, Jacques Vonèche - Psychology - 2006
...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. (Darwin, 1859, p. 373) This text is interesting in many different ways. First, it...
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Manliness

Harvey Claflin Mansfield - Social Science - 2007 - 289 pages
...evolution had stopped. For practical purposes, it has stopped. 55. Darwin, Origin of Species, 16:48-49. 56. "And as Natural Selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." Ibid., 16:428. 57. Darwin, Descent of Man (1870), in Works, 21:2, 48-49, 65, 125-26, 128, 147. 58....
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The Philosophy of Science

Sahotra Sarkar, Jessica Pfeifer - 1048 pages
...— the effect of selection on fitness — Darwin thought of the process as an improver. He says that "as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (Darwin 1859, 489). Modern evolutionary theory makes it clear, however, that the process of natural...
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Evolution: A Scientific American Reader

Scientific American - Science - 2008 - 312 pages
...The Origin of Species, expressed Victorian social preference more than nature's record in writing: "As natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." Life's pathway certainly includes many features predictable from laws of nature, but these aspects...
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