Is there any difficulty in accounting for our complexion?
MuCH has been said on this subject that may be called nonsense. The reasoning, or rather guessing, has been a tissue of foolery.
The subject has been first mystified and then declared to be difficult ; when in fact, there is no more difficulty than what arises from overlooking the power of second causes.
In all discussions of this nature, the nearer we find the cause and effect to lay together, the more direct and forcible will be our conclusion.
Hence, when we find the cause and effect lay close together, they should not be forced asunder. If so the result is that we