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(without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... ON OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAUSES OF THE PHENOMENA OF ORGANIC
NATURE Six Lectures to Working Men.--1863.] I. THE PRESENT
CONDITION OF ORGANIC NATURE. When it was my duty to consider what
subject I would select for the six lectures which I shall now have
the pleasure of delivering to you, it occurred to me that I could
not do better than endeavour to put before you in a true light, or
in what I might perhaps with more modesty call, that which I
conceive myself to be the true light, the position of a book which
has been more praised and more abused, perhaps, than any book which
has appeared for some years;--I mean Mr. Darwin's work on the
"Origin of Species." That work, I doubt not, many of you have read;
for I know the inquiring spirit which is rife among you. At any
rate, all of you will have heard of it, --some by one kind of
report and some by another kind of report; the attention of all and
the curiosity of all have been probably more or less excited on the
subject of that work. All I can do, and all I shall attempt to do,
is to put before you that kind of judgment which has been formed by
a man, who, of course, is liable to judge erroneously; but, at any
rate, of one whose business and profession it is to form judgments
upon questions of this nature. And here, as it will always happen
when dealing with an extensive subject, the greater part of my
course--if, indeed, so small a number of lectures can be properly
called a course--must be devoted to preliminary matters, or rather
to a statement of those facts and of those principles which the
work itself dwells upon, and brings more or less directly before
us. I have no right to suppose that all or any of you are
naturalists; and, even if you were, the misconceptions and
misunderstandings prevalent even among nat...
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