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A32    Review:     [Huxley, T.H.] 1860. Darwin on the origin of Species. Westminster Review, 17 (n.s.): 541-70.   Text   Image
rendered to science, Kepler and Newton had to come after him. What if the orbit of Darwinism should be a little too circular? What if species should offer residual phænomena, here and there, not explicable by natural selection? Twenty years hence naturalists may be in a position to say whether this is, or is not, the case; but in either event they will owe the author of The Origin of Species an immense debt of gratitude. We should leave a very wrong impression on the reader's mind if we permitted him
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A60    Review:     Parsons, Theophilus. 1860. [Review of] On the Origin of species. American Journal of Science and Arts. (Ser. 2) 30 (July): 1-13.   Text   Image
stands the father of the yaller dog of New England?* But this notion of man being born from an animal stands in * I allude, of course, to the January number of the Atlantic Monthly, wherein this strange animals is presented with that wonderful power of word-painting, which is a true daguerreotyping by the sunlight of genius. But I write this note rather to refer to an article in the North American Review for July, 1857, in which Dr. Holmes, before the controversy about Darwinism began, treats
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A63    Review:     Huxley, T.H. 1864. Criticisms on "The origin of species." Natural History Review. n.s. 4: 566-80.   Text   Image
comprehend the first principles of the doctrine which he assails so rudely. His objections to details are of the old sort, so battered and hackneyed on this side of the Channel, that not even a 'Quarterly' Reviewer could be induced to pick them up for the purpose of pelting Mr. Darwin over again. We have Cuvier and the mummies; M. Roulin and the domesticated animals of America; the difficulties presented by hybridism and by Paleontology; Darwinism a rifacciamento of De Maillet and Lamarck; Darwinism
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A63    Review:     Huxley, T.H. 1864. Criticisms on "The origin of species." Natural History Review. n.s. 4: 566-80.   Text   Image
may bring into clearer light the profound opposition between the ordinary Teleological and the Darwinian conception. Cats catch mice, small birds and the like, very well. Teleology tells us that they do so because they were expressly constructed for so doing that they are perfect mousing apparatuses, so perfect and so delicately adjusted that no one of their organs could be altered, without the change involving the alteration of all the rest. Darwinism affirms, on the contrary, that there was
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A63    Review:     Huxley, T.H. 1864. Criticisms on "The origin of species." Natural History Review. n.s. 4: 566-80.   Text   Image
variations of the Feline stock, many of which died out from want of power to resist opposing influences, some, the cats, were better fitted to catch mice than others, whence they throve and persisted in proportion to the advantage over their fellows thus offered to them. Far from imagining that cats exist in order to catch mice well, Darwinism supposes that cats exist because they catch mice well mousing being not the end, but the condition, of their existence, and if the cat-type has long
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A63    Review:     Huxley, T.H. 1864. Criticisms on "The origin of species." Natural History Review. n.s. 4: 566-80.   Text   Image
by one which he terms the 'Theory of Heterogeneous Generation.' We shall proceed to consider first the destructive, and secondly, the constructive portion of the essay. We regret to find ourselves compelled to dissent very widely from many of Professor K lliker's remarks; and from none more thoroughly than from those in which he seeks to define what we may term the philosophical position of Darwinism. Darwin (says Professor K lliker) is, in the fullest sense of the word, a Teleologist, He says
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A604    Review:     Lewes, George Henry. 1868. Mr. Darwin's hypotheses. Fortnightly Review n.s. 3 (April, June); 353-73, 611-28, 4 (July), (November): 61-80, 492-509.   Text   Image
, believing in the ultimate triumph of the former, I look on the Development Hypothesis as one of the great influences which will by its acceptance, in conjunction with the spread of scientific culture, hasten that triumph, teaching us, to use Goethe's words, Wie Natur im Schaffen lebt. Und es ist das ewig Eine Das sich vielfach offenbart. But it is one thing to hold firmly to the Development Hypothesis, another thing to accept Natural Selection as the last word on that subject. Darwinism is undoubtedly
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A604    Review:     Lewes, George Henry. 1868. Mr. Darwin's hypotheses. Fortnightly Review n.s. 3 (April, June); 353-73, 611-28, 4 (July), (November): 61-80, 492-509.   Text   Image
arguments on one side than on the other; and that, in consequence of this native bias, we may generally predict what will be his views in Religion, Philosophy, and Art to a great extent even in Science. Be this as it may, there can be little doubt that the acceptance or the rejection of Darwinism has, in the vast (1) Robinet, De la Nature, Amst. 1766. (I gave an analysis of this book in Fraser's Magazine, Nov., 1857.) [page] 35
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A604    Review:     Lewes, George Henry. 1868. Mr. Darwin's hypotheses. Fortnightly Review n.s. 3 (April, June); 353-73, 611-28, 4 (July), (November): 61-80, 492-509.   Text   Image
not as a refutation of that hypothesis. Indeed, we must protest against the frequent assumption that Darwinism is disproved because it fails to account for all the phenomena: if it interprets truly some of the phenomena, it is valuable as a colligation of facts; if it interpreted all of them it would cease to be an hypothesis. Observe, moreover, that writers who are most contemptuous against this hypothesis because it fails or they think so to explain some phenomena, urge us to accept the
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A606    Review:     [Dallas, William Sweetland?]. 1868. [Review of] Variation of animals and plants under domestication. Westminster Review n.s. 35 (January): 207-27.   Text   Image
as having taken place, Lamarck on the other hand places his theory on a higher standpoint than that occupied by Mr. Darwin in his first essay, by the recognition of a general law governing the whole of the changes assumed by him, a deficiency in his theory which is supplied by Mr. Darwin in the work now under consideration, by his hypothesis of Pangenesis, to which we shall have to advert hereafter. Another objection to Darwinism, and one which presses with great force on the minds of those who
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A65    Review:     Anon. 1868. [Review of] Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. Atlantic Monthly. 22 (Issue 129, July): 122-124.   Text   Image
leave it unread. It would be impossible, in the short space at our command, to convey the gist of it to the reader, nor would an abstract be of much value, apart from the special evidence. Still, as every one has heard more or less about Darwinism, and many people have a most inaccurate notion of the contents of that mysterious expression, we will subjoin a brief account of a single factor in Mr. Darwin's reasoning. It will give to the unlearned reader a slight idea of the kind of speculation
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A887    Review:     Pye-Smith, P.H. 1871. Review of Descent of Man. Nature 3 (6 April): 443-445; (part 2): (13 April): 463-465.   Text   Image
of Abiogenesis has recently been discussed, the reticence shown in avoiding allusion to the subject is perhaps the most remarkable among the many remarkable characters of this great work. P. H. PYE-SMITH ... Essays on Darwinism. By J. R. R. Stebbing. (Longmans and Co., 1871.) MR. DARWIN, in his recent work, very truly observes that false facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often long endure; but that false theories are comparatively innocuous. Mr. Stebbing's work
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A69    Review:     Mivart, St. George Jackson. 1871. [Review of] The Descent of Man, and selection in relation to sex. Quarterly Review. 131 (July): 47-90.   Text   Image
intellect, combined with an extraordinarily active imagination, to an unequalled collection of most varied, interesting and important biological data. In his earlier writings a certain reticence veiled, though it did not hide, his ultimate conclusions as to the origin of our own species; but now all possibility of misunderstanding or of a repetition of former disclaimers on the part of any disciple is at an end, and the entire and naked truth as to the logical consequences of Darwinism is displayed
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A59    Review:     Adams, L. T. 1874. Mr. Darwin and the theory of natural selection. New Englander (Issue 129, October) 33: 741-770.   Text   Image
His first hint here came from a work, nearly obsolete not so many years ago, but now returning to celebrity on the flood tide of Darwinism, the Essay of Malthus on the Principles of Population. It is certain that all living beings multiply in a geometrical progression, with a varying ratio which, however, is high in the slowest breeders. The successive additions of each generation to the numbers of any race would suffice, if unchecked, to stock the whole world in a few centuries, or even in
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A59    Review:     Adams, L. T. 1874. Mr. Darwin and the theory of natural selection. New Englander (Issue 129, October) 33: 741-770.   Text   Image
It is impossible to reflect upon these and other great uniformities of the living world without the suspicion that Darwinism is an incomplete induction; that back of the phenomena it deals with there resides in organic beings some power which is the principal factor involved, which has controlled all the secondary causes and laws of variability and has probably originated variation itself. This after all is the weak point of the new philosophy, that it refuses to offer any explanation of the
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A116    Review:     Anon. 1868. [Review of] The Variation of animals and plants under domestication. The American Naturalist 2 (10) (December) 547-553.   Text   Image
latitude is given, the varying forms thus supposed to have a common ancestry are strong supporters of Darwin, and his laws of inherited variability. It is, perhaps, this uncertainty, and the desire of almost all minds of the nineteenth century, to look for secondary causes, whose modes of action may be determined by experiment, rather than to refer to the direct interposition of the Creator, that has caused so many converts to Darwinism. The present volumes are, besides their value to the
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