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The brain as an organ of mind


The brain as an organ of mind

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    H. Charlton Bastian
Excerpt from book: increases in complexity in ascending to more and more highly organized types of animal life. In the present day it is commonly admitted that many of the lowest forms of life cannot positively be assigned either to the Vegetal or to the Animal Kingdom. Their characters as living things are not sufficiently specific or constant to enable' us to say that they belong to one kingdom rather than to the other. In some of their life-phases such organisms seem to display the attributes of vegetal life, whilst in others those of animal life are no less pronounced. They constitute, in fact, an underlying indeterminate plexus of changeable and more or less related forms, appearing now as animals, now as plants— and they may give rise to descendants, or to a series of them, totally unlike themselves and their own immediate ancestors. Amongst such forms variability reigns supreme. These creatures of circumstance, which become metamorphosed in a most striking and apparently irregular manner, the writer has proposed to include under the general designation of ' ephemeromorphs.' True ' species,' in the strict acceptation of the term, are not to be found amongst them. Starting from this neutral and changeable ground, however, forms of life appear that habitually reproduce their like, either directly or indirectly : some of which are unmistakably members of the vegetal kingdom, whilst others are no less characteristic representatives of the animal world. Owing to the frequency and rapidity with which transitions from vegetal to animal, or from animal to vegetal, modes of growth have been observed to occur amongst " Beginnings of Life," 1872, voL ii. pp. 559, 571. chapter{Section 4' ephemeromorphs,' we are compelled to believe that . such passages from the one mode of molecular compos...  
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