Evolution – Stranger and stronger than magic

H. G. Wells conceived of people as a “manufactured product of which the natural man is the raw nucleus” who has been brought into existence by “educational adaptation….. much swifter than “genetic adaptation.” He emphasises the importance of learning about the growth of “the world’s knowledge apparatus” and marvels how it has grown up “unpremeditated” and “without a plan,” while continuously enlarging the possible scope of “political cooperation at every stage in its growth”.

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