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Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz
11 pages (2007/1866); 166KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00286
"Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz ... in his essays on Classification ... express[es] his belief in the existence in every animal 'of an immaterial principle similar to that which by its excellence and superior endowments places man so much above animals.' 'The principle exists unquestionably,' he adds, 'and whether it be called soul, reason, or instinct, it presents in the whole range of organized beings a series of phenomena closely linked together and upon it are based not only the higher manifestations of the mind, but the permanence of the specific differences which characterize every organism.'
This is the logical antithesis of the Darwinian hypothesis against which Agassiz was one of the few great scientists of Darwin's generation whose protest was unqualified. He made no concessions to it, declaring it inconceivable that any force of mere physical heredity supposable as innate in matter could transmit the life and the traits of one individual of a species to another."