Mental Evolution in Man; Origin of Human Faculty

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... clearly or constantly to recognize that the roots of Aryan speech are demonstrably very far from primitive in the sense of being aboriginal: third, a want of discrimination between ideas as general and generic, or synthetic and unanalytical: fourth, the gratuitous and demonstrably false assumption that in order to name a mind must first conceive. Of these several grounds from which his dissent appears to spring, the last is perhaps the most important, seeing that it is the one upon which he most expressly rears his objections. But if I have proved anything, I have proved that there is a' power of affixing verbal or other signs as marks of merefy receptual associations, and that this power is invariably antecedent to the origin of conceptual utterance in the only case where this origin admits of being directly observed--i.e., in the psychogenesis of a child. Again, in the case of pre-historic man, so far as the palaeontology of speech furnishes evidence upon the subject, this makes altogether in favour of the view that in the race, as in the individual, denotation preceded denomination, as antecedent and consequent. Nay, I doubt whether Max Miiller himself would disagree with Geiger where the latter tersely says, in a passage hitherto unquoted, "Why is it that the further we trace words backwards the less meaning do they present? I know not of any other answer to be given than that the further they go back the less conceptuality do they betoken."* Nor can he refuse to admit, with the same or, if it varies, it varies within definite limits only? (pp. 212-215). . . . If the germ of a man never develops into an ape, nor the germ of an ape into a man, why should the full-grown ape have developed into a man ? (p. 117). . . . Let us now see what Darwin himself...