The Hand of Darwin: Abstract of Macculloch, Page 58

The Hand of Darwin: Abstract of Macculloch, Page 58

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Abstract of Macculloch, Page 58

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 71:58)

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The analogy between the works of art or intellect such as hinge, & hinge of shell, works of laws of organization is remarkable— what is intellect, but organization, with mysterious consciousness superadded This is similar idea, to cells of bee, corresponding to every one or any— brain making structure, instead of parts of body.— Now we know what instinct is— consider this


I look at every adaptation, as the surviving one of ten, thousand trials.— each step being perfect or nearly so (except no in isd) although having heredetary superfluities Man could exist without Mammæ. to the then existing conditions.— An adaptation made by intellect this process is shortened, but yet analogous, no savage ever made a perfect hinge.— reason, & not death rejects the imperfect attempts.

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has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.