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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 Evolution of Modern Humans in Africa: A Comprehensive Guide

Pamela R. Willoughby - History - 2007 - 439 pages
...Linnaeus. He believed that all life was linked in a great, continuous chain of being, constantly changing. "As natural selection works solely by and for the...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection" (Darwin nd [1859]:373). But this was the product of the interaction of individual...
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Anticipating Omega: Science, Faith, and Our Ultimate Future

Ted Peters - Religion - 2006 - 221 pages
...but in general we can expect evolution to move life toward approximating perfection. Darwin writes, "As natural selection works solely by and for the...being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend 13 The American Association for the Advancement of Science declared evolution to be the breakthrough...
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Philosophy of Biology

Science - 2007 - 638 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. (489) Later editions of the Origin, for reasons to be given shortly, were more progressexplicit and...
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The IPod Tutor: The Argument Against Richard Dawkins' the God Delusion

Intelligent C The Intelligent Community, Barry Krusch - Philosophy - 2007 - 164 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. Origin, p. 428 It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds,...
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The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould, Paul McGarr, Steven Peter Russell Rose - Science - 2006 - 654 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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Visualizing Utopia

M. G. Kemperink, Willemien H.S. Roenhorst - History - 2007 - 195 pages
...towards 'the improvement of each organic being'.20 In his conclusion he is even more straightforward: 'And as natural selection works solely by and for...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection'.21 Another way of making natural laws less cold and impersonal is to make them personal....
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Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of ...

Harold Kincaid, Jennifer McKitrick - Philosophy - 2007 - 247 pages
...PERSISTS: AN EVOLUTIONARY NOSOLOGY 8.1. INTRODUCTION At the end of On the Origin of Species, Darwin wrote, 'as natural selection works solely by and for the...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection' (Darwin, 1859, p. 489). Taken at face value, this sentence would seem to imply that natural selection...
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Washing the Brain: Metaphor and Hidden Ideology

Andrew Goatly - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2007 - 431 pages
...life (p. 397). Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as a natural selection works solely by and for the good...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection (p. 408). Darwin seems to see man as the apex of the evolutionary tree, the yardstick against which...
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Approaching Apocalypse: Unveiling Revelation in Victorian Writing

Kevin Mills - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 228 pages
...of Species Darwin suggested that the evolutionary process could produce infinite refinement: ". . . as natural selection works solely by and for the good...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection."27 TH Huxley, in his 1893 lecture on evolution and ethics, took a rather different view:...
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Educational Research, the National Agenda, and Educational Reform: A History

Erwin V. Johanningmeier, Theresa R. Richardson - Education - 2008 - 496 pages
...Darwin did suggest that perfection was possible when he wrote: We may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection...works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection. 46 Those who did not read Darwin...
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