Beacon Lights of History: The new era. A supplementary volume by recent writers

James Clarke, 1902

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Passionate and luminous exponent of Natures beauties
Birth and youthtime Collingwoods Life and his
Interest in PreBaphaelitism and its disciples
On the public platform personal appearance of
Inspiring lay sermons and minor writings
Founds the communal Guild of St George
His religious attitude that of an agnostic
Herbert Spencer
Principles of Biology the data of the development
Principles of Psychology the evolution of mind
Social evolution equilibriums between constitution
Assisted by others in the collection but not the system Paoi
General inductions his Social Statics 148150
The Darwinian hypothesis a rational and widely accepted
Charles Darwin
The Origin of Species 1859
Illhealth death and burial
His beliefs and agnostic attitude toward religion 170171
Antagonistic views on the immutability of species 176179
Enunciates in the Descent of Man the great principle
Bearing of this on belief in the immortality of the soul
Ericssons lifework little foreseen in his youth and early
Astonishing insight into mechanical and scientific ques
A spendthrift in invention versatility and daring 207208
Designs and constructs the steamfrigate Princeton
John Ericsson
His new model of a floating battery and warship
The Destroyer built in connection with
His work in improving the motivepower of ships
Ships of low freeboard equipped with revolving turrets 238239
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The diplomat Su Wu on an embassy to Turkey

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Página 77 - And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
Página 126 - Evolution is an integration of matter and concomitant dissipation of motion ; during which the matter passes from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity ; and during •which the retained motion undergoes a parallel transformation.
Página 179 - Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of great length. And as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.
Página 192 - For my own part, I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper; or from that old baboon who, descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs, — as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.
Página 192 - The astonishment which I felt on first seeing a party of Fuegians on a wild and broken shore will never be forgotten by me, for the reflection at once rushed into my mind such were our ancestors. These men were absolutely naked and bedaubed with paint, their long hair was tangled, their mouths frothed with excitement, and their expression was wild, startled, and distrustful.
Página 104 - But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny ? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this, last, even as unto thee.
Página 369 - It was some time before the sheikh could be prevailed upon to descend into the pit, and convince himself that the image he saw was of stone. 'This is not the work of men's hands," exclaimed he, "but of those infidel giants of whom the Prophet, peace be with him!
Página 179 - To my mind it accords better with what we know of the laws impressed on matter by the Creator, that the production and extinction of the past and present inhabitants of the world should have been due to secondary causes, like those determining the birth and death of the individual.
Página 171 - I may state that my judgment often fluctuates ... In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an Atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally (and more and more as I grow older), but not always, that an Agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.
Página 179 - As all the living forms of life are the lineal descendants of those which lived long before the Silurian epoch, we may feel certain that the ordinary succession by generation has never once been broken, and that no cataclysm has desolated the whole world.

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