What Is Physical Life?; Its Origins And Nature

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byWilliam Hanna Thomson

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII AS TO OUKSELVES So far in our discussion of the problems of Life, we have not often gone beyond the province of a botanist or of a naturalist. All that we have said might have its illustrations in the life of a cactus, of a parrot, or of an antelope, because it is only life which we have been investigating, and anything living illustrates life. But all along the way there looms up as its termination and end that which dwarfs everything else, and which was termed by Huxley the Andes of Life--Man. Until the road reaches the base of this great mountain range, our interest in it is not very exciting. We have been gathering just so much scientific information and no more. But so soon as we find that the trend is towards a scientific demonstration of the origin of Man himself, our mental attitude immediately changes. It is now we ourselves who are personally involved in the discussion, and none the less so because we are not to consider man from a metaphysical or philosophical or theological standpoint, but only as science must regard him. Huxley, The Place of Man in Nature, pp. 119, 132. But even then we feel that nothing which we have already passed quite prepares us for this task, because not only lofty heights, but also profound depths lie before us, if Man is to be accounted for. He is the problem of problems, every proposed explanation of which proves to be very incomplete. It is all very well to follow life unicellular to h'fe multicellular, and then from forms now living to those long extinct, whose remains in the earth's rocky cemeteries show how all came by continuous descent from primitive metazoa--but then what are We who are making this review? Unhappily we are not like scientific beings from another world, visiting this planet to stud...

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII AS TO OUKSELVES So far in our discussion of the problems of Life, we have not often gone beyond the province of a ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217655785

ISBN - 13:9780217655781

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