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“The ‘divine spark’ is usually understood to be ‘reason,’ dealing with the seeming irreconcilability of his and is ascribed to man as a radical and deepening visions mental function distinguishing and the customs and Ernst Haeckel: him from all ‘irrational assumptions of 19th Century “A Perpetual Flux Of Being & Becoming” animals.’ Comparative Europe. psychology, however, teaches by Jesse Wolf Hardin that this frontier-post between While “utilitarians” formed man and beast is altogether the vanguard challenging Welcome to our new department devoted to untenable. We must either take entrenched beliefs in Great showcasing the most evocative or intriguing the idea of reason in its broader Britain in the latter part of the of plant and healing inspired artwork... sense, in which case it belongs to 1800s, in Germany, Haeckel because beauty and meaning matter. the higher Mammals (the Ape, was more influenced by soDog, Elephant, Horse), as much called “idealistic as to the majority of men; or we philosophers” including must conceive it in its narrower Goethe and Hegel. He share sense, and then it is lacking in their contention that there the majority of men, as well as in was a natural process of most animals.” (Ernst progressive perfecting, that Haeckel - letter to his parents, was part of a universal “plan” 1856) of creation, a creative (inspirited) and organizing force. His assumption that it Many of us growing up with must lead to a impassioned hearts and “recapitulation” of that plan curious minds suffered from traceable in the growth of the a struggle between intuitive embryo was disproven, yet sensing and practiced recent findings at the very reasoning, an apparent frontiers of science have schism between the begun to lend credence to a approaches of science and number of his conclusions or nature, prescriptive religion revelations. and the sensate appeal of the material world. So it was Haeckel’s other major with the biologist and influence was Charles botanist, artist and Darwin’s culture-rocking cosmologist Ernst Haeckel, book Origin of Species. which

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