Zoologist Volume 15; A Monthly Journal Of Natural History

Paperback | May 17, 2012

byEdward Newman

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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. 1857 Excerpt: ...from generation to generation an ever-accumulating immensity of practical experience, experimental knowledge and abstract philosophy of every varied description? And all this, be it observed, quite apart from the contrast involved in the one word "hereafter." To the mere animal there is the love of life--to man, the desire after immortality: the instinctive longing, or yearning, rather, of the latter is for something commensurate with the capacity and the duration of " the conscious living agent, himself," and which he feels rather than knows is reserved only, but surely, in the mysterious recesses of Eternity; that of the former reaches no further than food, well-being, safety, the mere requisites of the life that now is. I will add no more than the following passage from the writings of Sidney Smith, perhaps as appropriate as any that could be written:--"I confess I treat on this subject (the anima brutorum) with some degree of apprehension and reluctance, because I should be very sorry to do injustice to the poor brutes who have no professors to revenge their cause by lecturing on our faculties, and at the same lime I know there is a very strong anlhropical party who view all eulogiums on the brute creation with a very considerable degree of suspicion, and look on every compliment which is paid to the ape as high treason to the dignity of man. There may perhaps be more of rashness and of illfated security in my opinion, than of magnanimity or of liberality; but I confess I feel myself so much at my ease about the superiority of mankind--I have such a marked and decided contempt for the understanding of every baboon I have ever seen--1 feel so sure that the blue ape without a tail will never rival us in poetry, painting and music,...

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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. 1857 Excerpt: ...from generation to generation an ever-accumulating immensity of practical experience, experimental knowledge and abstract philos...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.51 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217959504

ISBN - 13:9780217959506

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