By Julian S. Huxley, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Reinhold Niebuhr, Oliver L. Reiser, Swami Nikhilananda
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Darwin himself seems to have made a place in his own thinking for the possibility that evolution is not yet through with human evolution. " Today, after two world wars, we are not so naive as some post-Darwinian enthusiasts. Nevertheless, in spite of catastrophic setbacks, man is learning. Even now the biochemists who are studying the molecular structure of genes are telling us that the first long step toward the creation of living matter in test tubes hinges on the solution to the problem of finding the specific structure of nucleic acid, the "stuff of life" and its evolution.
Nor was it anticipated that the continued advancement of the natural sciences would gradually result in the discoveries of nuclear physics and that these achievements would be quickly pounced upon by fearful governments so that the scientists became the armorers of the nations in a "nuclear age" in which the world has the possibility of completely destroying civilization by the lethal and destructive efficacy of its nuclear weapons. Thus history proves in contemporary experience that man's freedom over nature has both destructive and creative possibilities and that these possibilities grow together with the freedom.
The present article has been written to give a brief survey of the ideas of evolution as discussed in some of the important philosophical systems of India. It should however be noted at the very outset that any comparison between the Western and the Indian idea of evolution will be both unfair and fruitless; for they have different premises, different methods, different aims and purposes, and different fields of investigation. Darwin and his followers were solely concerned with the evolution of physical forms and structures, whereas the Hindu philosophers discussed evolution from the standpoint of the soul.
A Book that Shook the World: Essays on Charles Darwin's Origin of Species by Julian S. Huxley, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Reinhold Niebuhr, Oliver L. Reiser, Swami Nikhilananda