Wednesday, 11 February 2009

An entity capable of sense and perseverance



"Every part of an animal is related to all his other parts," wrote naturalist George Cuvier in 1802. "In fact, by looking at one part, one can tell to which animal it belongs."

According to Cuvier, animals have remained the same through centuries without any substantial change. Cuvier's favourite argument was that dogs mummified in Ancient Egypt show the same body structure as today's dogs.

"Thankfully," Cuvier hastened to add, "the immutability principle applies only to morphology and not to the soul of man, who is the only entity capable of sense and perseverance."


[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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An entity capable of sense and perseverance



"Every part of an animal is related to all his other parts," wrote naturalist George Cuvier in 1802. "In fact, by looking at one part, one can tell to which animal it belongs."

According to Cuvier, animals have remained the same through centuries without any substantial change. Cuvier's favourite argument was that dogs mummified in Ancient Egypt show the same body structure as today's dogs.

"Thankfully," Cuvier hastened to add, "the immutability principle applies only to morphology and not to the soul of man, who is the only entity capable of sense and perseverance."


[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by freeparking under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]