The moral gulph betwixt man and the brute, an essay

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byCharles Wallwyn Radcliffe Cooke

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. THE-BRUTE'S SENSES AND MENTAL FACULTIES COMPARED WITH MAN'S. Few persons will, I think, be prepared to deny that the senses of man are, for the most part, far less acute than the senses of the brute. No man probably ever had an eye so piercing as an eagle's, an ear so sharp as a hare's, or a nose so keen as a dog's; but I venture to assert that, as originally created, man's senses were far more perfect than they are now, and that had the principle of selection been carried out by man, as it practically is by brutes (who, impelled by some natural instinct, destroy such of their number as may be weakly or defective in any particular1), our senses would at this very day be more generally acute. Even now, did the state of society allow such an experiment to be carried out, I feel convinced that by education of the senses and subsequent selection, a race of men might be raised possessing senses almost as perfect as I assume men to have had in primitive times. We know that the senses can be educated by simple use. The seaman, continually on the look-out, will perceive a sail on the horizon which is invisible to the landsman, and the Indian, accustomed to traverse pathless forests, will follow the trail of his quarry, or the footsteps of man, in places where the civilized European would be utterly at fault, whilst the ear of the savage", ever on the alert to detect the slightest sound that may warn him of the approach of an enemy, or tell him that his prey is at hand, will be as much sharper than the European's as his eye was more penetrating. I say, therefore, that it would be possible, by causing men and women to educate their senses, and by selecting for intermarriage such only as came up to a certain standard as regarded sense...

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. THE-BRUTE'S SENSES AND MENTAL FACULTIES COMPARED WITH MAN'S. Few persons will, I think, be prepared to de...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217121527

ISBN - 13:9780217121521

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