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Evolution and animal life;: An elementary discussion of facts, processes, laws and theories relating to the life and evolution of animals,
Label: D. Appleton and Company
Manufacturer: D. Appleton and Company
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 489
Publication Date: 1907
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
Studio: D. Appleton and Company
Grau, theurer Freund, 1st alle Theorie, Und grim des Lebens goldner Baum. GOETHE. Men of science repudiate the opinion that natural laws are rulers and governors of nature, looking with suspicion on all necessary and universal laws. BROOKS. THIS volume treats of the elements of the science ofO rganic Evolution. To this science belongs the consideration of the forces which govern the changes in organisms. It includes the influences which control development in the individual and in the species which is the succession of individuals, together with the laws or observed sequences of events which development exhibits. From another point of view, this is the science of life adaptation. The term Bionomics (j os, life, voxos, order or custom), first suggested by Prof. Patrick Geddes, is essentially equivalent to the older termO rganic Evolution, the science of the facts, processes, and laws involved in the mutation of organisms. For many reasons, this new name, Bionomics, with its technically exact meaning, should be preferred to the phrase Organic Evolution, as, unlike the latter, it involves no philosophic assumptions. That organs and organisms do change from day to day, and place to place, and from generation to generation is an observed fact, which now admits of no doubt. The orderly arrangement of our knowledge of this process constitutes a branch of science. To use the word evolution in regard to this process is to use a philosophic term in connection with a group of scientific facts. For the word evolution means unrolling.
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