Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin

English physician, naturalist, philosopher, poet
Some philosophers have been of opinion that our immortal part acquires during this life certain habits of action or of sentiment, which become forever indissoluble, continuing after death in a future state of existence ... I would apply this ingenious idea to the generation, or production of the embryon, or new animal, which partakes so much of the form and propensities of the parent.More Erasmus Darwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So the horns of the stag are sharp to offend his adversary, but are branched for the purpose of parrying or receiving the thrusts of horns similar to his own, and have therefore been formed for the purpose of combating other stags for the exclusive possession of the females; who are observed, like the ladies in the times of chivalry, to attend to the car of the victor. The final cause of this contest amongst the males seems to be, that the strongest and most active animal should propagate the species, which should thenMore Erasmus Darwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
He who allows oppression shares the crime.More Erasmus Darwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In fact, Darwin's own grandfather anticipated the central tenet of Lamarckism by some seven years: "All animals undergo perpetual transformations; which are in part produced by their own exertions... and many of these acquired forms or propensities are transmitted to their posterity."More Erasmus Darwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Such is the condition of organic nature! whose first law might be expressed in the words 'Eat or be eaten!' and which would seem to be one great slaughter-house, one universal scene of rapacity and injustice!More Erasmus Darwin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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