The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, Volume 51

Front Cover
The Society, 1904 - Entomology
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page lxxvi - Systematists will have only to decide (not that this will be easy) whether any form be sufficiently constant and distinct from other forms, to be capable of definition; and if definable, whether the differences be sufficiently important to deserve a specific name. This latter point will become a far more essential consideration than it is at present ; for differences, however slight, between any two forms, if not blended by intermediate gradations, are looked at by most naturalists as sufficient...
Page lxxxvi - It is really laughable to see what different ideas are prominent in various naturalists' minds, when they speak of '' species ; " in some, resemblance is everything and descent of little weight — in some, resemblance seems to go for nothing, and Creation the reigning idea — in some, descent is the key, — in some, sterility an unfailing test, with others it is not worth a farthing. It all comes, I believe, from trying to define the undefinable.
Page lxxxvi - Thus, however regarded, the hypothesis of special creations turns out to be worthless — worthless by its derivation; worthless in its intrinsic incoherence ; worthless as absolutely without evidence ; worthless as not supplying an intellectual need; worthless as not satisfying a moral want. We must therefore consider it as counting for nothing, in opposition to any other hypothesis respecting the origin of organic beings.
Page lxxxvii - After describing a set of forms as distinct species, tearing up my MS., and making them one species, tearing that up and making them separate, and then making them one again (which has happened to me), I have gnashed my teeth, cursed species, and asked what sin I had committed to be * In
Page xxxvii - VICTORIA, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith; to all to whom these presents shall come greeting...
Page lxxvi - Systematists will be able to pursue their labours as at present; but they will not be incessantly haunted by the shadowy doubt whether this or that form be a true species.
Page xxxviii - TELFORD and such others of our loving subjects as have formed themselves into, and are now members of, the said Society, or who shall at any time hereafter become members thereof, according to such...
Page xxxix - Royal will and pleasure, that no resolution, or bye-law, shall on any account or pretence whatsoever be made by the said body politic and corporate in opposition to the general scope, true intent, and meaning of this our Charter, or the laws or statutes of our Realm ; and that if any such rule or bye-law shall be made, the same shall be absolutely null and void, to all intents, effects, constructions, and purposes whatsoever.
Page lxxvi - British brambles are true species will cease. Systematists will have only to decide (not that this will be easy) whether any form be sufficiently constant and distinct from other forms, to be capable of definition; and if definable, whether the differences be sufficiently important to deserve a specific name.
Page lxxvi - In short, we shall have to treat species in the same manner as those naturalists treat genera, who admit that genera are merely artificial combinations made for convenience. This may not be a cheering prospect...

Bibliographic information