The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook N, Page 36

The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook N, Page 36

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Metaphysical Notebook N, Page 36

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 126:36)

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We can allow satellites, planets, suns. universe, nay whole systems of universe of man to be governed by laws,, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act, provided with its instincts its place in nature. its range, its— &c &c:—must be a special act, or result of laws. yet we placidly believe the Astronomer, when he tells us satellites &c &c The Savage admires not a steam engine, but a piece of coloured glass &admires is lost in astonishment at the artificer.— Our faculties are more fitted to recognize the wonderful structure of a beetle than a Universe.—

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

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