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Buchanan's Journal of Man, August 1887

Volume 1, Number 7

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Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,952 / 67 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 31.4
LoC Categories: AP, HB
Downloads: 367
Added to site: 2009.01.07
mnybks.net#: 23048
Genre: Periodical
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the world, while failing to explain the origin of thinking, moral and reason-gifted beings; since, if thinking, reason and moral sentiment spring from matter, they must be attributes of the same; and since the product is always less than the producer, it follows that intelligence, reason and ethics must be present somewhere in matter in a concentrated form; and this reflection brings us quite naturally to the third theory.

"The intellectual, divine principle penetrates matter as the positive element, which under definite conditions steadily works upon the negative element of the original substance and forces the same under constant changing of form and combining parts, to realize definite, universally similar ideas, and to attain definite aims; and wherever matter in the process of development offers certain conditions, there the intellectual element produces what is called life. And this takes for granted that life may spring up spontaneously there where there was no life before; and this fact has bee

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