Darwinism: And Other Essays

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Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1885 - 374 sayfa
 

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Sayfa 164 - But the emotions are as much a part of us as the understanding ; they are as truthful ; they are as likely to be right. Though their view is different, it is not capricious. They obey fixed laws ; they follow an orderly and uniform course ; they run in sequences; they have their logic and method of inference.
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