Herbert Spencer

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Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 77,620 / 250 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.1
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 602
Added to site: 2012.03.07
mnybks.net#: 31381
Genre: Biography

This volume attempts to give a short account of Herbert Spencer's life, an appreciation of his characteristics, and a statement of some of the services he rendered to science.

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ey encouraged would readily pass from careless observations to careful and deliberate ones. My father was wise in such matters, and I was not simply allowed but encouraged to enter on natural history."

He had the run of a farm at Ingleby during holidays; he enjoyed fishing in the Trent, in which he was within an ace of being drowned when about ten years old; he was a keen collector of insects, watching their metamorphoses, and often drawing and describing his captures; and he was also encouraged to make models. In short, he had in a simple way not a few of the disciplines which modern pædagogics--helped greatly by Spencer himself--has recognised to be salutary.

In his boyhood Spencer was extremely prone to castle-building or day-dreaming--"a habit which continued throughout youth and into mature life; finally passing, I suppose, into the dwelling on schemes more or less practicable." For his tendency to absorption, without which there has seldom been greatness of achievement, he was often

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