Evolution And Effort; And Their Relation To Religion And Politics

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byEdmond Kelly

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. RELIGION: THE SCIENTIFIC VIEW. It may seem an invasion of the domain of religion for science to undertake to define the difference between the human and the divine in man; and if science undertook to exhaust the subject and to leave religion nothing to say upon it, the objection would not be without foundation. But however inadequate science may be to describe and deal with the divine part of the problem in its entirety, assuredly it ought to have something to say regarding the human part, and enough regarding the divine to be able to mark the boundary between them. At any rate, this is all that will be claimed for science in this chapter. It has been already pointed out that a study of animal forms has discovered an evolution in conduct which roughly keeps pace with evolution of function; and it becomes important at this stage of the enquiry to define our notion as regards what conduct comprehends. Conduct cannot be confined to intentional or ethical actions, for these last shade into actions that are unintentional so insensibly that it is difficult, if not impossible, to draw any hard-and-fast line between them. Conduct must be defined generally as an adjustment of means to ends, and is as applicable under this definition to the random movements of the infusorium as to the delicately adjusted aim of a marksman. What is meant by evolution in conduct is, that there is traceable in the advance from lower to higher types a gradually increasing adjustment of means to ends. In the lowest forms of animal life there seems to be no purpose whatever in animal movements. Those of the infusorium seem to be determined not so much by any intention or instinct on its part as by stimuli in the medium which it inhabits. As function develops, animal moveme...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. RELIGION: THE SCIENTIFIC VIEW. It may seem an invasion of the domain of religion for science to undertake to defi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021783177X

ISBN - 13:9780217831772

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