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The Doctrine of Evolution

Its Basis and Its Scope

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 90,244 / 279 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 788
Added to site: 2005.08.06
mnybks.net#: 11292
Genre: Science
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ll persons who possess normal minds, and this is why Huxley speaks of science as "common sense,"--that is, something which is a reasonable and sensible part of the mental make-up of thinking persons that they can hold in common. The form and method of science are fully set forth by these definitions, and the purpose also is clearly revealed. For the results of investigation are not merely formulae which summarize experience as so much "conceptual shorthand," as Karl Pearson puts it, but they must serve also to describe what will probably be the orderly workings of nature as future experience unfolds. Human endeavor based upon a knowledge of scientific principles must be far more reliable than where it is guided by mere intuition or unreasoned belief, which may or may not harmonize with the everyday world laws. Just as the law of gravitation based upon past experience provides the bridge builder and the architect with a statement of conditions to be met, so we shall find that the principles of evolution demons

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