Thomas Henry Huxley  

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"How it is that anything so remarkable as a state of consciousness comes about as the result of irritating nervous tissue, is just as unaccountable as the appearance of the Djinn when Aladdin rubbed his lamp." --The Elements of Physiology and Hygiene (1868) Thomas Henry Huxley

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Thomas Henry Huxley FRS, (May 4, 1825June 29, 1895) was an English biologist, known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.


The famous Aladdin consciousness dictum

"A reflex action, strictly so called, takes place without our knowing any thing about it, and hundreds of such actions are going on continually in our bodies without our being aware of them. But it very frequently happens that we learn that something is going on, when a stimulus affects our afferent nerves, by having what we call a feeling or sensation. We class sensations along with emotions, and volitions and thoughts under the common head of states of consciousness. But what consciousness is, we know not; and how it is that anything so remarkable as a state of consciousness comes about as the result of irritating nervous tissue, is just as unaccountable as the appearance of the Djin when Aladdin rubbed his lamp in the story, or as any other ultimate fact of nature." --The Elements of Physiology and Hygiene

Works

Method and results external link
Darwiniana (1897) external link
Science and education : essays external link
Science and Hebrew Tradition: Essays external link
Science and Christian Tradition: Essays external link
Man's Place in Nature 1894 Template:Small scan link Template:Ext scan link
Discourses biological and geological: essays external link
Evolution and Ethics and Other Essays external link
Science And Culture And Other Essays external link
  • The Struggle for Existence in Human Society (1894) external link
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more at H. T. Huxley: Bibliography




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