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Lowell Lectures on the Ascent of Man

By Henry Drummond


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   Preface - THE LOWELL LECTURES ON THE ASCENT OF MAN BY HENRY DRUMMOND 1904 PREFACE "THE more I think of it," says Mr. Ruskin, "I find this conclusion ...read
   1 - Evolution in General - THE last romance of Science, the most daring it has ever tried to pen, is the Story of the Ascent of Man. Withheld from all the wistful eyes that have ...read
   2 - The Missing Factor in Current Theories - But it is not so much in ignoring Man that evolutionary philosophy has gone astray; for ,of that error it has seriously begun to repent. What we have ...read
   3 - Why was Evolution the Method Chosen? - One seldom-raised yet not merely curious question of Evolution is, why the process should be an evolution at all? If Evolution is simply a method of C ...read
   4 - Evolution and Sociology - The moment it is grasped that we may have in Nature a key to the future progress of Mankind, the study of Evolution rises to an imposing rank in human ...read
   5 - The Ascent of the Body - THE earliest home of Primitive Man was a cave in the rocks--the simplest and most unevolved form of human habitation. One day, perhaps driven by the w ...read
   6 - The Scaffolding Left in the Body - THE spectacle which we have just witnessed is invisible, and therefore more or less unimpressive, except to the man of science. Embryology works in th ...read
   7 - The Arrest of the Body - "ON the Earth there will never be a higher Creature than Man." [42] It is a daring prophecy, but every probability of Science attests the likelihood o ...read
   8 - The Dawn of Mind - THE most beautiful witness to the Evolution of Man is the Mind of a little child. The stealing in of that inexplicable light--yet not more light than ...read
   9 - The Evolution of Language - IF Evolution is the method of Creation, the faculty of Speech was no sudden gift. Man's mind is not to be thought of as the cylinder of a phonograph t ...read
   10 - The Struggle for Life - MATTHEW Arnold, in a well-remembered line, describes a bird in Kensington Gardens "deep in its unknown day's employ." But, peace to the poet, its empl ...read
   11 - The Struggle for the Life ff Others - WE now open a wholly new, and by far the most important, chapter in the Evolution of Man. Up to this time we have found for him a Body, and the rudime ...read
   12 - The Evolution of a Mother - THE Evolution of a Mother, in spite of its half-humorous, half-sacrilegious sound, is a serious study in Biology. Even on its physical side this was t ...read
   13 - The Evolution of a Father - IN last chapter we watched the beautiful experiment of Nature making Mothers. We saw how the young produced at one birth were gradually reduced in num ...read
   14 - Involution - MANY years ago, in the clay which in every part of the world is found underlying beds of coal, a peculiar fossil was discovered and named by science S ...read

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