Little journeys to homes of great scientists
The book contains:
Sir Isaac Newton -- Galileo -- Copernicus -- Humboldt -- William Herschel -- Charles Darwin -- Haeckel -- Linnaeus -- Thomas H. Huxley -- John Tyndall -- Alfred Russel Wallace -- John Fiske
ERNST HAECKEL seems to be better adapted than this monistic perspective to give us the proper standard and the broad outlook which we need in the solution of the vast enigmas that surround us. It not only clearly indicates the true place of man in nature, but it dissipates the prevalent illusion of man's supreme importance and arrogance with which he sets himself apart from the illimitable universe and exalts himself to the position of its most valuable element.
This boundless presumption of conceited man has misled him into making himself "the image of God," claiming an "eternal life" for his ephemeral personality, and imagining that he possesses unlimited "freedom of will."
The ridiculous imperial folly of Caligula is but a special form of man's arrogant assumption of divinity. Only when we have abandoned this untenable illusion and taken up the correct cosmological perspective, can we hope to reach the solution of the " Riddle of the Universe." was a man, once upon a day, who lived in East Aurora and kept a store. He sold everything from cough syrup to blue ribbon; and some of the things he sold on time to philosophers who sat on nail kegs every evening and settled the coal strike. And in due course of time, the storekeeper compromised with his creditors, at twenty-nine cents on the dollar. Some say the man went busted a-purpose to quit the business and get out of East Aurora.
And he himself generally allowed the opinion to gain ground in later years that he had planned his life, from start to finish, thus proving the supremacy of the will. Yet others there be, and men of worth and social standing in the village known for miles up the creek as persons of probity who claim that it was too much confidence in the Genus Smart-Setter, and trotting horses at the County Fairs, that made it possible for our friend to avail himself of the Bankruptcy Act.
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