Life, Mind, and Spirit: Being the Second Course of the Gifford Lectures, Delivered in the University of St. Andrews in the Year 1923, under the General Title of Emergent Evolution

Life, Mind, and Spirit: Being the Second Course of the Gifford Lectures, Delivered in the University of St. Andrews in the Year 1923, under the General Title of Emergent Evolution

Life, Mind, and Spirit: Being the Second Course of the Gifford Lectures, Delivered in the University of St. Andrews in the Year 1923, under the General Title of Emergent Evolution

Life, Mind, and Spirit: Being the Second Course of the Gifford Lectures, Delivered in the University of St. Andrews in the Year 1923, under the General Title of Emergent Evolution

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Whatever may have been the accepted meaning or meanings of the word "Evolution" prior to the middle of last century, Herbert Spencer in the course of the next decade or so set folk thinking afresh around the word and the concept he sought to embody in it -- that of progress. Apart from questionable manner of statement in general form, apart from positive evidence in detail too obviously selected, here, at the heart of the matter, was a concept firmly contrasted and not confused with that of "dissolution," that, as he claimed, was applicable to all progress in cosmogony in the transmutation of species according to "the development hypothesis" in the conduct of men in social communities.

It met, and still meets, with strenuous and often bitter opposition. And why? Not so much in regard to what it asserted, as in regard to what it denied -- in the phrase, for example, "not by manufacture but by evolution." For the great majority of interested persons the head and front of Spencer's offending was in this negation, though there was sting also in the positive assertion that "creation by manufacture is a much lower thing than creation by evolution" (1858). Is it surprising that there were many who said, that there are some who still say:

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