The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook M, Pages 150-151

The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook M, Pages 150-151

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Metaphysical Notebook M, Pages 150-151

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 125:150-151)

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Shame would never make person tremble, like fear.—

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Why does any great mental affection make body tremble. Why much laughter tears.— & shaking body.—

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Are those parts of body, as heart, & chest (sobbing) which are most under great sympathetic nerve. most subject to habit, as being less so will.—

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May not moral sense arise from our enlarged capacity acting yet being obscurely guided or strong instinctive sexual, parental & social instincts, giving rise "do unto others as yourself". "love thy neighbour as thyself". Analyse this out.— bearing

in mind many new relations from language.— the social instinct more than mere love.— fear for others acting in unison.— active assistance. &c &c. it comes to Miss Martineaus one principle of charity. May not idea of God arise from our confused idea of "ought." joined with necessary notion of "causation", in reference to this "ought", as well as the works of the whole world.— Read Mackintosh on Moral sense & emotions.—

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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.

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