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									                                                                                    Persistence              of      Existence
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                                                                        the                 time      is   the answer given by du
                                                                               present

                                                                        Bois Reymond, ignoramus, we do not know.

                                                                                                 we do not; and for a man of
                                                                             Scientifically

                                                                        science to pretend, or to assert                        in    a   popular

                                                                        treatise,      that      we        do,       is                          and
                                                                                                                            essentially

                                                                                       to     mislead.                                          VII.
                                                                        seriously                                    (See       Chapter

                                                                                         It                  even          be     a
                                                                        below.)                 may                                       question

                                                                        whether        the     assertion         of       entire      ignorance

                                                                        at    the                  time         is                          appro
                                                                                     present                          completely

                                                                                    whether      we        have        not      some
                                                                        priate,                                                           positive

                                                                        evidence against Professor Haeckel's                               conten

                                                                        tion.       I believe that we have; and though I
geology.19thcenturyscience.org/books/1905-Lodge-LifeMatter/README.htm




                                                                                                  in       an    assertion           of
                                                                        may      acquiesce                                                 present

                                                                                              am not at all                           to
                                                                        ignorance, I                                      willing              accept

                                                                        the     next    sentence           of        Professor        du        Bois

                                                                                            answer,         and       to
                                                                        Reymond's                                           say    iknorabimus,

                                                                        we     never    shall    know.

                                                                             The     matter        seems             to    me     within         the

                                                                                         lines    of       scientific                          and it
                                                                        legitimate                                           inquiry,

                                                                        is    unwise     to                      prediction,          especially
                                                                                               attempt
                                                                                                            or    to                      to    close
                                                                        negative       prediction,                        attempt

                                                                        the     door     to     the        future                                 of
                                                                                                                          developments

                                                                        knowledge.
                                                                              But I am       content        to             for    the
                                                                                                                  say                     present

								
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