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Page 237 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity that I believe no man who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking can ever fall into it. Gravity must be caused by an agent acting constantly according to certain laws, but whether this agent...
Page 284 - There is no possibility of the least intermixture of earthy matter in such cases. Thus in the large submerged tract called the "Sunk Country," near New Madrid, forming part of the western side of the valley of the Mississippi, erect trees have been standing ever since the year 1811-12, killed by the great earthquake of that date; lacustrine and swamp plants have been growing there in the shallows, and several rivers have annually inundated the whole space, and yet have been unable to carry in any...
Page 254 - A Verb Passive expresses a passion or a suffering, or the receiving of an action ; and necessarily implies an object acted upon, and an agent by which it is acted upon : as, to be loved ;
Page 152 - But if this ordinary upward course be anywhere interrupted, the impression will then exert its power in a transverse direction, and a reflex action will be the result ; the nature of this being dependent upon the part of the Cerebro-spinal axis at which the ascent had been checked. Thus if the interruption be produced by division or injury of the Spinal cord, so that its lower part is...
Page 461 - More Worlds than One. The Creed of the Philosopher and the Hope of the Christian.
Page 352 - And in regard to long circuits such as those described, their conducting power cannot be understood, whilst no reference is made to their lateral static induction, or to the conditions of intensity and quantity which then come into play ; especially in the case of short or intermitting currents, for then static and dynamic are continually passing into each other.
Page 220 - Experimentally mere space is magnetic ; but then the idea of such mere space must include that of the ether, when one is talking on that belief; or if hereafter any other conception of the state or condition of space rise up, it must be admitted into the view of that, which just now in relation to experiment is called mere space. On the other hand it is, I think, an ascertained fact, that ponderable matter is not essential to the existence of physical lines of magnetic force.
Page 187 - ... may assume correspond with the successive places of the pendulum. In man himself, the individual, zoologically speaking, is not a state of man at any particular moment as infant, child, youth or man; but the sum of all these, with the implied fact of their definite succession. . . . [In conclusion] The individual animal is the sum of the phenomena presented by a single life: in other words, it is, all those animal forms which proceed from a single egg, taken together (83).
Page 245 - Thales : the phenomenon in fact is one of the most terrible that man can witness, and no degree of partial eclipses gives any idea of its horror.