Darwiniana

Darwiniana
Collected Essays, vol 2

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Darwiniana by Thomas Henry Huxley

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Collected Essays, vol 2

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These essays, ten in number, treat of evolution and the criticisms which followed the publication of "The Origin of Species," and endeavor to sum up Mr. Darwin's work and indicate its enduring influence on the course of scientific thought.

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e now almost eliminated from geological, or at least palæontological speculation; and it is admitted, on all hands, that the seeming breaks in the chain of being are not absolute, but only relative to our imperfect knowledge; that species have replaced species, not in assemblages, but one by one; and that, if it were possible to have all the phenomena of the past presented to us, the convenient epochs and formations of the geologist, though having a certain distinctness, would fade into one another with limits as undefinable as those of the distinct and yet separable colours of the solar spectrum.

Such is a brief summary of the main truths which have been established concerning species. Are these truths ultimate and irresolvable facts, or are their complexities and perplexities the mere expressions of a higher law?

A large number of persons practically assume the former position to be correct. They believe that the writer of the Pentateuch was empowered and commissioned to teach us scientific as well as

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