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The tomorrow of death: or, The future life according to science


The tomorrow of death: or, The future life according to science

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    Louis Figuier (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...alive to the bank the man who meant to be his murderer. The latter, however, more cautious this time, again seized his savior and threw him into the water. Thus, according to our system, the human soul proceeds from an animal belonging to the superior orders. Having undergone, in its body, partial elaboration and suitable improvement, it goes to be incarnated in the new-born body of a child of man. We said in a former chapter: 'Death is not an end, but a change: we do not die, we undergo a metamorphosis.' We must now add: 'Birth is not a beginning, it is a sequel. To be born is not to commence: it is to continue an anterior existence.' For the human species then, properly speaking, there is neither birth nor death: there is only a series of existences linked together, and which reach from the visible world through space to connect themselves with worlds shut off from our gaze. CHAPTER XVI. What is the Plant f The Plant feels. How Difficult it is to distinguish Plants from Animals. The General Chain of Living Beings. T INNJEUS said: 'The plant lives: the animal lives and feels: man lives, feels, and thinks.' This aphorism represents the state of science in the days of Linnaeus. But since the year 1788--that is, since the death of the great botanist of Upsala--natural science has progressed, botany and zoology have been enriched by innumerable facts and fundamental discoveries, so that the Linnaean formula does not answer to the present condition of the knowledge of organization. We think the following proposition could be substituted for it: The plant lives and feels: animals and man live, feel, and think. To concede feeling to plants is to transcend the classical rules of natural history. Therefore we think we ought to set fort...
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  • Louis Figuier (Author)
  • (7 May 2012)
  • English
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