The History of Creation: Or the Development of the Earth and Its Inhabitants by the Action of Natural Causes. A Popular Exposition of the Doctrine of Evolution in General, and of that of Darwin, Goethe, and Lamarck in Particular

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Strana 315 - A celebrated author and divine has written to me that he has "gradually learnt to see that it is just as noble a conception of the Deity to believe that He created a few original forms capable of self-development into other and needful forms, as to believe that He required a fresh act of creation to supply the voids caused by the action of His laws.
Strana 49 - There are as many different species as there were different forms created in the beginning by the Infinite Being.
Strana 134 - Reflecting on these facts, and collecting analogous ones, it seemed to me probable that allied species were descended from a common ancestor. But during several years I could not conceive how each form could have been modified so as to become admirably adapted to its place in nature. I began, therefore, to Study domesticated animals and cultivated plants, and after a time perceived that man's power of selecting and breeding from...
Strana 9 - Such a conception of immaterial force, which at the first creates matter, is an article of faith which has nothing whatever to do with human science. Where faith commences science ends. Both these arts of the human mind must be strictly kept apart from each other. Faith has its origin in the poetic imagination ; knowledge, on the other hand, originates in the reasoning intelligence of man. Science has to pluck the blessed fruits from the tree of knowledge, unconcerned whether these conquests trench...
Strana 374 - As a text-book of the historical phase of palaeontology io will be indispensable to students, whether specially pursuing geology or biology ; and without it no man who aspires even to an outline knowledge of natural science can deem his library complete.
Strana 373 - THE EVOLUTION OF MAN. A Popular Exposition of the Principal Points of Human Ontogeny and Phylogeny. From the German of ERNST HAECKEL, Professor in the University of Jena, author of "The History of Creation,
Strana 37 - Its extraordinary success is explained not only by its close connection with Jewish and Christian doctrines, but also by the simple and natural chain of ideas which runs through it, and which contrasts favourably with the confused mythology of creation current among most of the other ancient nations.
Strana 374 - ... an exact thinker and a close reasoner, that scarcely any recommendation of ours can add to the interest with which all students in natural history will receive the present volume. It ia, as its second title expresses it, a comprehensive outline of the principles and leading facts of palaeontological science.
Strana 89 - So ist jedem der Kinder die volle reine Gesundheit Von der Mutter bestimmt: denn alle lebendigen Glieder Widersprechen sich nie und wirken alle zum Leben. Also bestimmt die Gestalt die Lebensweise des Thieres, Und die Weise zu leben sie wirkt auf alle Gestalten Mächtig zurück. So zeiget sich fest die geordnete Bildung, Welche zum Wechsel sich neigt durch äußerlich wirkende Wesen.
Strana 23 - By the Theory of Descent we are for the first time enabled to conceive of the unity of nature in such a manner that a mechanico-causal explanation of even the most intricate organic phenomena, for example, the origin and structure of the organs of sense is no more difficult (in a general way) than is the mechanical explanation of any physical process ; as, for example, earthquakes, the courses of the wind, or the currents of the ocean. We thus arrive at the extremely important conviction that all...

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