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understanding based on the evidence of our five senses [are] not only possible side by side but also necessary, just as justified and even infinity more important.”     (Ernst Haeckel) Ernst Haeckel was born on February 16, 1834, in Potsdam, Prussia, enrolled in medicine in Berlin, studied botany at Würzburg, earned a doctorate in biology and then a PhD in zoology, choosing not to practice medicine but to serve as a free-thinking professor of comparative anatomy at the University of Jena for 47 years instead. It was while illustrating his field studies and findings of invertebrate groups including radiolarians and poriferans (sponges), and in his drawings of simple plants, that the symmetry of their designs and predictability of their sequential adaptations began leading him to a truly graphic sense of familiarity, repetition

he used to support both his scientific theories and his arguments with the church. “The real cause of personal existence is not the favor of the Almighty, but the sexual love of one's earthly parents.” (Ernst Haeckel) Unlike Darwin, however, he was never convinced that natural (sexual) selection was the sole mechanism or driver of evolution, asserting that creation (the animate environment, the natural world) also acted directly on organisms in some directive way, influencing the adaptations and tendencies by which we mark evolutionary change. “I myself can only find comfort and my admitting this life of faith [and] the life of knowledge and 72

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