The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook M, Excised Page 154

The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook M, Excised Page 154

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Metaphysical Notebook M, Excised Page 154

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 125:154e)

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This unwillingness to consider Creator as governing by laws is probably that as long as we consider each object an act of separate creation. we admire it more. because we can compare it to the standard of our own minds. which ceases to be the case when we consider the formation of laws invoking laws. & giving rise at last even to the perception of a final cause.—

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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.

is Oxnam Professor Emeritus of Science and Society at Drew University and editor of the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History Library.

is a geneticist at Virginia Commonwealth University and an Anglican priest.