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Back to Methuselah () by George Bernard Shaw · Documentation for the TextInfo template. information about this edition. This work, written. Back to Methuselah Preface by George Bernard Shaw An Infidel Half Century. ” Beginning” title page→. Documentation for the TextInfo template. Back to Methuselah has ratings and 21 reviews. David said: The evolution of Humanity played out on stage27 March When I picked this book up a.

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Vincenzo Fidomanzo rated it liked it May 23, However, unlike the archbishop, who has baack lived a comfortable life with the exception of the allegations of fraud when he attempted to draw a pension at the age of 70the parlour maid has not. The elder long-lifers have effectively become gods, with the leaders of the short-lifers making pilgrimages to the Bacl Isles to visit the oracle, a particularly long lived long-lifer.

Schopenhauer was credited with inventing the distinction between the Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works which troubled Cromwell on his deathbed.

Back to Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw

However the counter argument, coming from one of the longlifers, is that because they live longer, and thus age slower, they are more productive and therefore they are not necessarily a drain on society. The first part has a short-lifer, one of the leaders, speaking with a long-lifer, and discovering that he can only speak with the younger ones otherwise he will die, simply because the wisdom that they produce sahw intolerable. The Socialists were specially encouraged by Darwin’s insistence on the influence of environment.

The second thing is the nature of wisdom, and Shaw indicates that the accumulated wisdom of a long-lifer will be greater than the greatest of the wise men known of Earth, and to that extent, Shaw introduces the character of Confucius, who is the leader of the Chinese state.

Paperbackpages. The result was inevitable. It is nothing but a bernxrd developed vital sense, dominating and regulating the mere appetites. Fearful as the tribal god of the Hebrews was, nobody ever shuddered as they passed even his meanest and narrowest Little Bethel or his proudest war-consecrating cathedral as we shudder now when we pass a physiological laboratory.


He could not say how this happened; but he divined that it did happen. What made it scientifically intolerable was that it was ready at a moment’s notice to upset the whole order of the universe on the most trumpery provocation, whether by stopping the sun in the valley of Ajalon or sending an atheist home dead on a shutter the shutter was indispensable because it marked the utter unpreparedness of the atheist, who, unable to save himself by a deathbed repentance, was subsequently roasted through all eternity in blazing brimstone.

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A timid minority, without quite venturing to question the truth of the incident–for they naturally did not care to run the risk of going home on shutters themselves–nevertheless shewed a certain disposition to cavil at those who exulted in it; and something approaching to an argument began. The policy of Project Gutenberg is to treat apostrophes as they were in the source text. This is one of those fascinating works that has the potential to change your life, or at the least the way you see your life.

The plays are intended to be satirically funny, but I didn’t get many chuckles. This is the result of allopathic education.

He manufactures teeth; discards them; and replaces them with fresh ones.

Lamarck would have said, by wanting to get at the tender leaves high up on the tree, and trying until he succeeded in wishing the necessary length of neck into existence. If they gave you the virus at full strength it would overcome your resistance and produce its direct effect.

All who were strong-minded enough not to be terrified by the bogey were left stranded in empty contemptuous negation, and argued, when they argued at all, as I argued with Father Addis.

But their position was not intellectually comfortable. Two brothers, one a retired, but influential cleric Franklyn and the other a biologist of note Conradindependently conclude that humans must increase their lifespans to three centuries in order to acquire the wisdom and experience needed to make complex civilizations functional.


He got a colony of mice, and cut off their tails. Such phrases set us free to revel in demonstrating to the Vitalists and Bible worshippers that if we once admit the existence of methsuelah kind of force, however unintelligent, and stretch out the past to unlimited time for such force to operate accidentally in, that force may conceivably, by the action of Circumstantial Selection, produce a world in which every function has an organ perfectly adapted to perform bernar, and therefore presents every appearance of having been designed, like Paley’s watch, by a conscious and intelligent artificer for the purpose.

Then we jump forward to the story of Cain where another concept enters into the human consciousness: First, he should have procured a colony of mice highly susceptible to hypnotic suggestion.

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This part is divided into two acts, with one act set on the Irish Coast and the second part set at the oracle. Back to Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw. I grant you as long a line of makers as you please; but an infinity of makers is unthinkable and extravagant: If Darwin had really led the world at one bound from the book of Genesis to Heredity, to Modification of Species by Selection, and to Evolution, he would have been a philosopher and a prophet as well as an eminent professional naturalist, with geology as a hobby.

But we refuted these orientals by asking triumphantly what the tortoise stands on? He blinded many another eye and paralyzed many another will also. Their only idea of investigation was to imitate ‘Nature’ by perpetrating violent and senseless cruelties, and watch the effect of them with a paralyzing fatalism which forbade the smallest effort to use their minds instead of their knives and eyes, and established an abominable tradition that the man who hesitates to be as cruel as Circumstantial Selection itself is a traitor to science.