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Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual back-scratching.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world... life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence, of that very doubling back upon himself becomes in a flash able to raise himself to a new sphere.

Author: Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955)

Profession: French Christian Mystic, Author

The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.

Author: Edward Conklin


The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

It is curious how there seems to be an instinctive disgust in Man for his nearest ancestors and relations. If only Darwin could conscientiously have traced man back to the Elephant or the Lion or the Antelope, how much ridicule and prejudice would have been spared to the doctrine of Evolution.

Author: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Profession: British Psychologist

Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.

Author: W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)

Profession: British Librettist

God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed -- that is the meaning of evolution.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

The pre-human creature from which man evolved was unlike any other living thing in its malicious viciousness toward its own kind. Humanization was not a leap forward but a groping toward survival.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.

Author: Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989)

Profession: Austrian Zoologist, Ethnologist

It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

Evolution is not a force but a process. Not a cause but a law.

Author: John Morley (1838-1923)

Profession: British Journalist, Biographer, Statesman

One of the stupidest theories of Western life.

Author: Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Profession: British Broadcaster

All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.

Author: Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914)

Profession: American Philosopher, Logician, Mathematician

We live between two worlds; we soar in the atmosphere; we creep upon the soil; we have the aspirations of creators and the propensities of quadrupeds. There can be but one explanation of this fact. We are passing from the animal into a higher form, and the drama of this planet is in its second act.

Author: W. Winwood Reade (1838-1875)

Profession: American Writer