The Ways of Life

The Ways of Life

The Ways of Life

The Ways of Life

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The discussion which has lately arisen in the United States over the acceptance of a belief in Organic Evolution, as opposed to the Direct Creation doctrine as interpreted by the Fundamentalists, has reached rather alarming proportions when the teaching of our science becomes a subject for legislative action. It seems necessary, therefore, to restate the sum of our evidences for the Evolution hypothesis and to make such an exposition of the entire subject as would enable the layman to judge for himself as to the reasonableness of teaching this department of science. As a means to this end Harper & Brothers requested the writer to prepare a brief volume which would set forth such an exposition of the facts and the interpretation of them as was at his command, the inference being that nearly a score of years of teaching the subject at Yale University would in a measure have fitted him for this task. The great wealth of paleontological material in the Peabody Museum which is at the writer's command is perhaps another reason why this request was made.

The technical language of science has been curtailed as far as possible, although, when one is dealing with matters outside the realm of everyday thought, everyday language will not always suffice, and the nomenclature which has arisen must, in part . . .

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