Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Wells , H.G (1949), H. G. Wells: The Outline of History (2 Volumes), Garden City Books, Retrieved on 2011-06-19
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    19 JUN 2011

     Human History is a Race Between Education and Catastrophe

    One cannot foretell the surprises or disappointments the future has in store. Before this chapter of the World State can begin fairly in our histories, other chapters as yet unsuspected may still need to be written, as long and as full of conflict as our account of the growth and rivalries of the Great Powers. There may be tragic economic struggles, grim grapplings, of race with race and class with class. It may be that «private enterprise» will refuse to learn the lesson of service wit...
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    We can't predict what fate will bring civilization, but if we remain united and educated, we can overcome.

    06 OCT 2013

     The Beauty of Comparative Anatomy

    It is one of the most beautiful interests of that beautiful science, comparative anatomy, to trace the complex and wonderful adaptations of living things to the necessities of existence in air. All living things, plants and animals alike, are primarily water things. For example all the higher vertebrated animals above the fishes, up to and including man, pass through a stage in their development in the egg or before birth in which they have gill slits which are obliterated before the young em...
    Folksonomies: evolution beauty
    Folksonomies: evolution beauty
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    How our form changed to me the functions of dry land.

    07 OCT 2013

     Imagining the Primitive Mind

    AND now let us indulge in a very interesting speculation; how did it feel to be a man in those early days of the human adventure? How did men think and what did they think in those remote days of hunting and wandering four hundred centuries ago before seed time and harvest began. Those were days long before the written record of any human impressions, and we are left almost entirely to inference and guesswork in our answers to these questions. [...] Primitive man probably thought very much ...
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    As evolution tends to build in lairs, the primitive mind must have been much like that of a child.

    08 OCT 2013

     The Primitive Scientific Mind

    There is no sort of savage so low as not to have a kind of science of cause and effect. But primitive man was not very critical in his associations of cause with effect; he very easily connected an effect with something quite wrong as its cause. “You do so and so,” he said, “and so and so happens.” You give a child a poisonous berry and it dies. You eat the heart of a valiant enemy and you become strong. There we have two bits of cause and effect association, one true one false. We ca...
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    It was concerned with cause and effect, but established many wrong connections.

    11 OCT 2013

     Jesus was a Revolutionary

    The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought. It is small wonder if the world of that time failed to grasp its full significance, and recoiled in dismay from even a half apprehension of its tremendous challenges to the established habits and institutions of mankind. For the doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, as Jesus seems to have preached it, was no less than a bol...
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    HG Wells goes point by point through Jesus' teachings, illustrating how he challenged tradition, the establishment, and even traditional family values.

    13 OCT 2013

     The Glory of the Library of Alexandria

    Alexander had already devoted considerable sums to finance the enquiries of Aristotle, but Ptolemy I was the first person to make a permanent endowment of science. He set up a foundation in Alexandria which was formerly dedicated to the Muses, the Museum {151}of Alexandria. For two or three generations the scientific work done at Alexandria was extraordinarily good. Euclid, Eratosthenes who measured the size of the earth and came within fifty miles of its true diameter, Apollonius who wrote o...
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    The star scientists and inventions that came out of it's first century.

    13 OCT 2013

     The Weakness of the Library of Alexandria

    Both the work of research and the work of dissemination went on under serious handicaps. One of these was the great social gap that {152}separated the philosopher, who was a gentleman, from the trader and the artisan. There were glass workers and metal workers in abundance in those days, but they were not in mental contact with the thinkers. The glass worker was making the most beautifully coloured beads and phials and so forth, but he never made a Florentine flask or a lens. Clear glass does...
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    The library's knowledge did not benefit the average worker. It's discoveries were purely academic, reserved for the aristocracy.

    24 JAN 2015

     Religion or Science, Our Purpose is the Same

    Though much has been written foolishly about the antagonism of science and religion, there is indeed no such antagonism. What all these world religions declare by inspiration and insight, history as it grows clearer and science as its range extends display, as a reasonable and demonstrable fact, that men form one universal brotherhood, that they spring from one common origin, that their individual lives, their nations and races, interbreed and blend and go on to merge again at last in one com...
    Folksonomies: religion purpose theology
    Folksonomies: religion purpose theology
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