Progenitor Quotes (3 quotes)
Man, so far as natural science by itself is able to teach us, is no longer the final cause of the universe, the heaven-descended heir of all the ages. His very existence is an accident, his story a brief and discreditable episode in the life of one of the meanest of the planets. Of the combination of causes which first converted a piece or pieces of unorganised jelly into the living progenitors of humanity, science indeed, as yet, knows nothing.
Now when naturalists observe a close agreement in numerous small details of habits, tastes, and dispositions between two or more domestic races, or between nearly-allied natural forms, they use this fact as an argument that they are descended from a common progenitor who was thus endowed; and consequently that all should be classed under the same species. The same argument may be applied with much force to the races of man.
The only thing harder to understand than a law of statistical origin would be a law that is not of statistical origin, for then there would be no way for itor its progenitor principlesto come into being. On the other hand, when we view each of the laws of physicsand no laws are more magnificent in scope or better testedas at bottom statistical in character, then we are at last able to forego the idea of a law that endures from everlasting to everlasting.