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haha..umm cameras maybe...they're everywhere ya know.

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LEARN SOMETHING

heres some info on protoplasm , i thought yous might wanna check it out , NEVER TOO MUCH KNOWLEGE .

 

 

------PROTOPLASM AT THE ANTIPODES-------

 

THE Protoplasm excitement seems to have died away in a great measure in this country; and it is probably no loss to science that the matter has ceased to be a prevailing topic of conversation at dinner tables. We learn, however, from the Melbourne papers, that the arrival of the February number of the Fortnightly Review in the Australian colonies gave rise to an epidemic there of controversial science in a very alarming form. The description they give of the intellectual condition of Melbourne in June and July last, in fact, reminds us of that famous time at Constantinople, when a cobbler would not mend a pair of shoes until he had converted his customer from a Homousian to a Homoiousian, or vice versa. The Melbourne Daily Telegraph is proud to think that a city which a few years back could only be stirred by a ''Jumping Frog," is now agitated by proteinaceous theories; and this, too, in spite of the fact that they had previously been warned by the scientific correspondent of the Melbourne Leader of Mr. Huxley's gross ignorance and sensational superficiality. It is perfectly well known that at home here Mr Huxley has been refuted many more times than there are copies of his article; but in Melbourne he was refuted over again afresh. We learn that the Rev. H. Higginson, ''in a singularly able discourse at the Unitarian Church, tore the theory to shreds in a way" -- reports the Argus with felicitous dubiety -- ''which showed the preacher to be as keen a humorist as he is a subtle logician." So able was the discourse, and so humorous, that it was repeated shortly afterwards as a lecture at the Mechanics' Institute. Here, however, the lecturer stated that it was a mistake to suppose that he had in the sermon either torn the theory to shreds or treated it in a humorous way; and the report of the lecture lends great support to the statement.

 

It may be perhaps gratifying to Mr. Huxley, to think that he has stirred men's minds in a place which was almost a terra incognita when the unknown young assistant-surgeon of the Rattlesnake looked upon it; but the papers tell us that a reprint of the Fortnightly article has been the first instance of infringement of copyright in that colony; and when the learned anatomist was speaking at Edinburgh he probably little thought that materialism would take its revenge on him producing the following exercise in applied Biology:--

 

 

The first feeling which comes to the mind after such things as these is an unbounded belief in the wisdom of those old teachers who kept esoteric and esoteric doctrines wide apart, and who laid bare the workings of their minds to trusted scholars only, and never to the vulgar gaze. We begin fervently to wish that our illustrious biologist had not, by the dress and mode of his lecture, so laid great biological truths before the public as to excite those especially ignorant of the science of life to try and trample them under foot, and then leave them for a vulgar tavern-keeper to hang up for a sign.

 

Second -- bette r-- thoughts, however, remind us that men of science work not for themselves, or for their scientific fellows, but for mankind; and that only mischief can come of it if they whose business it is to ask Nature her secrets are hindered from telling the world all that they think they hear. It is impossible to separate science from other knowledge and from daily life: all new discoveries espcially must have ties with every part of our nature. It is not the business of the biologist to enforce on others what he believes to be the consequences of his biological discoveries; but it is certainly not his duty to withhold his facts from the common people because of the results which he thinks will follow.

 

And in regard to Australia in particular, we have this reflection, that the plough is needful for the seed; heavy land wants well turning up. There are not wanting signs that a national character is beginning to form among the inhabitants of that country; and we trust that scientific zeal will be one of its chief features. We hope that science even in a controversial form will never again give way in Melbourne to the vain delights of the ''Jumping Frog;" and that the protoplasm which Mr. William Barton so admirably cooks will reappear in the nerve cells of Australian brains, and give rise to that love of truth, apart from gold or gain, which is the ''moral'' basis of ''national'' life. We may add that we hope not without confidence; for a bright example of conscientious truthfulness appeared in the midst of this small biological tempest. Many of our readers may remember the abundant fervour with which Prof. Halford, some years since, attacked Mr. Huxley's ''Man's Place in Nature.'' At the end of Mr. Higginson's lecture the talented Melbourne anatomist courageously told the meeting that he had seen reason to change his opinions. Every one here will rejoice to receive from the Antipodes a lesson of self-denial and moral daring, not too common amongst ourselves.

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