By Joseph Cook
Boston Monday Lectures: Biology, a e-book of renowned essays via the yank orator Joseph prepare dinner first released in 1879, used to be derived from a winning lecture sequence at Boston's Tremont Temple in 1878 that expertly synthesised the medical scholarship of the day for public intake and tried to teach that technological know-how used to be in concord with faith and the Bible. Writing with readability and conveying pleasure to the lay audiences who flocked to listen to him, Cook's lectures grew to become very hot worldwide. Biology specializes in evolution, immortality and materialism. In thirteen lectures, cook dinner discusses themes together with T. H. Huxley and John Tyndall's principles on evolution, Rudolf Hermann Lotze's options on theism, and microscopy. Cook's lectures on immortality all commence with 'Does loss of life finish All?' ahead of probing extra right into a philosophical point of immortality. cook dinner interjects brief essays, which he calls 'preludes', on matters as varied as political patronage and Daniel Webster's demise.
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Cabanis, as Carlyle narrates with grimmest humour, thought the brain secreted soul as the liver does bile. This philosophy, and the gospel according to Jean-Jacques, were, we know, two of the broadest and blackest of the far-flapping Gehenna wings that fanned the furnaces of the French Revolution. It is not commonly known, except among specialists in microscopical physiology, that the latest science has something to say to us of immense import as to the relations of matter and life. That theme comes home to the business and bosoms of all men; and, whatever be the verdict of full investigation, all will be eager to face it, who seek, as we do here, whatever is new and true and strategic in religious thought.
To test the value of these concessions by Huxley as to spontaneous generation, take another theme, and one on which our opinions are not divided—the philosopher's stone. We do not now find ourselves able to make a philosopher's stone. We have no reason to believe that Nature ever made a stone that will transmute the baser metals into gold. There is nothing in science to show that such a stone can be found or made. But, unless such a stone has been made at some time in the past, we must give up a pet theory in philosophy.
At the outer edge of the cell, formed material accumulates, and is in some cases tissue, in some secretion, in some an osseous deposit. You have now, I hope, gentlemen, a distinct idea of the three kinds of matter which are to be found in all living organisms,—pabulum or nutrient matter, bioplasm or germinal matter, tissue or formed matter. There are no living organisms, vegetable or animal, that are not made up wholly of these three kinds of matter. It is only within a comparatively few years that we have been able to demonstrate under the microscope the existence of this distinction between the inner portions of the cell and the cell-wall.