By Henry Drummond

The Lowell Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, based in 1836, helps an annual sequence of unique lectures. Henry Drummond, the influential Scottish scientist, loose Church minister, explorer and evangelist released his Lowell Lectures because the Ascent of guy in 1894. This provocative publication examines Darwinism in a Christian context. It describes the increase of guy, who's thought of the top objective of the universe, and his relatives with the reduce animals. particularly, it addresses the query of altruism and its function in selling the survival of the fittest, which Drummond argues were neglected. Drummond claims, not like conventional evolutionary idea, that the strength of evolution isn't just the fight for all times, but additionally the fight for the lifetime of others. His publication, which aroused nice curiosity in its time, continues to be of significance for historians and philosophers of technology this day.

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1 That stage reached, " for thousands and thousands of years, before the origin of the oldest known civilizations, men were savages of a very low type. They strove with their enemies and their competitors ; they preyed upon things weaker or less cunning than themselves ; they were born, multiplied without stint, and died, for thousands of generations, alongside the mammoth, the urus, the lion, and the hyaena, whose lives were spent in the same way ; and they were no more to be praised or blamed, on moral grounds, than their less erect and more hairy compatriots.

The cure for all the small mental disorders which spring up around restricted applications of Evolution is to extend it fearlessly in all directions as far as the mind can carry it and the facts allow, till each man, working at his subordinate part, is compelled to own, and adjust himself to, the whole. If the theological mind be called upon to make this expansion, the scientific man must be asked to enlarge his view in another direction. If he insists upon including Man in his scheme of Evolution, he must see to it that he include the whole Man.

Any Biology, any Sociology, any Evolution, which is based on a single factor, is as untrue as the old Geology. It is only when both the Struggle for Life and the Struggle for the Life of Others are kept in view, that any scientific theory of Evolution is possible. Combine them, contrast them, assign each its place, allow for their inter-actions, and the scheme of Nature may be worked out in terms of them to the last detail. All along the line, through the whole course of the development, these two functions act and react upon one another; and continually as they co-operate to produce a single result, their specific differences are never lost.

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