Has not heard of Curtis on Dionaea.
Duke of Argyll is clever, but it is a sin to speak of a real old Duke as a “little beggar”.
“My theology is a simple muddle: I cannot look at the Universe as the result of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent Design.”
On spontaneous generation and Bastian.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
Two of the kinds of seeds will be very useful to me; but whythe others were sent by Col. Playfair, I know not, except from theabundance of his kindness.—f2
I am sure I never heard of Curtis’ observations on Dioneæa;nor have I met with anything more than general statements about thisplant or about Nepenthes catching insects &c—f3
I have always thought the D. of Argyll wonderfully clever; butas for calling him “a little beggar” my inherited, instinctive feelingswd. declare it was a sin thus to speak of a real old Duke.—f4
Your conclusion that all speculation about preordination is idle waste oftime is the only wise one: but how difficult it is not to speculate.My theology is a simple muddle: I cannot look at the Universe as theresult of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent design,or indeed of design of any kind in the details.— As for each variation that has ever occurred having been preordainedfor a special end, I can no believe in it, than that the spot on whicheach drop of rain falls has been specially ordained.—
Spontaneous generations seems almost as great a puzzle as preordination;I cannot persuade myself that such a multiplicity of organisms canhave been produced, like crystals, in Bastian’s solutions of thesame kind.—f5 I am astonished that as yet I have met with noallusion to Wyman’s positive statement that if the solutions areboiled for 5 hours, no organisms appear; yet, if my memory serves me,the solutions when opened to air, immediately became stocked.f6 Againstall evidence I cannot avoid suspecting that organic particles (mygemmules from the separate cells of the lower creatures!) willkeep alive & afterwards multiply under proper conditions.f7 Whatan interesting problem it is.—
Your affect | C. Darwin