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Sir Arthur Keith
(5 Feb 1866 - 7 Jan 1955)

Scottish physical anthropologist and anatomist.


Science Quotes by Sir Arthur Keith (4 quotes)

Good men, whether they be Christians or rationalists, do not desire to discriminate between races, but the distinctions implanted by Nature are too conspicuous to escape the observation of our senses.
— Sir Arthur Keith
In Essays on Human Evolution (1946). 66.
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Human nature, as manifested in tribalism and nationalism, provides the momentum of the machinery of human evolution.
— Sir Arthur Keith
From Essays on Human Evolution (1946, 1947), 76.
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Religious leaders and men of science have the same ideals; they want to understand and explain the universe of which they are part; they both earnestly desire to solve, if a solution be ever possible, that great riddle: Why are we here?
— Sir Arthur Keith
Concerning Man's Origin (1927), viii.
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The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.
— Sir Arthur Keith
In Evolution and Ethics (1947), 79.
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