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Freedom in Science and Teaching.

from the German of Ernst Haeckel

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Author: Ernst Haeckel
Co-author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,838 / 120 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.8
LoC Categories: Q, LB
Downloads: 1,740
Added to site: 2008.06.07
mnybks.net#: 21151
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Science
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I do not know, but it must be bad indeed if it inculcates more falsities than are at present foisted upon the young in the name of the Church.

I make these remarks simply in the interests of fair play. Far be it from me to suggest that it is desirable that the inculcation of the doctrine of evolution should be made a prominent feature of general education. I agree with Professor Virchow so far, but for very different reasons. It is not that I think the evidence of that doctrine insufficient, but that I doubt whether it is the business of a teacher to plunge the young mind into difficult problems concerning the origin of the existing condition of things. I am disposed to think that the brief period of school-life would be better spent in obtaining an acquaintance with nature, as it is; in fact, in laying a firm foundation for the further knowledge Which is needed for the critical examination of the dogmas, whether scientific or anti-scientific, which are presented to the adult mind. At present, educati

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