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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 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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Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship

Robin Small - Philosophy - 2007 - 247 pages
...environment. It is true that Darwin seems to waver on the last page of The Origin of Species where he writes: 'And as natural selection works solely by and for...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.'13 If this use of 'perfection' suggests more than improved adaptation to a given environment,...
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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, Volume 2

Sahotra Sarkar, Jessica Pfeifer, Justin Garson - 2006 - 490 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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The Protestant Experience in America

Amanda Porterfield - Religion - 2006 - 243 pages
...was deposited, they seem to me to become ennobled." Along similar lines, Darwin argued that because "natural selection works solely by and for the good...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." The last sentence of Origin bore witness to Darwin's appreciation of the splendor of this process....
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As God Is, Man May Become

C. Val Buxton - Religion - 2006 - 168 pages
...creature as a whale was possible."147 The father of the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin, stated, "As natural selection works solely by and for the...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection."148 The ultimate evolutionary destiny of man is stated by Henri Bergson as follows: . ....
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