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DCP-LETT-8515

From Chauncey Wright   9 September 1872

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Summary

Discusses the mental powers and habits of animals and considers that those of man are not separated from those of animals by any sort of fundamental barrier; the gulf seems formidable only from a self-conscious, human point of view. Man’s important distinction is his greater ability to act and respond independently of external stimuli, in consequence of his internal accumulation of personal experience.

Summary

Discusses the mental powers and habits of animals and considers that those of man are not separated from those of animals by any sort of fundamental barrier; the gulf seems formidable only from a self-conscious, human point of view. Man’s important distinction is his greater ability to act and respond independently of external stimuli, in consequence of his internal accumulation of personal experience.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8515
From
Wright, Chauncey
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London
Source of text
DAR 181: 171
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8515,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8515

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