Science: Loeb

Jacques Loeb is dead—the greatest exponent Since Haeckel of what he called "the mechanistic conception of life." And because Loeb lived in the age of rigorously experimental biology, he contributed far more to the scientific verification of materialistic theories than did the greatest iconoclasts of an earlier day. The thesis to which he 'devoted his life of research might be stated briefly thus: "The activities as well as the origins of all living organisms, including human beings, are determined and motivated by physicochemical forces in their environments or inheritance." His experiments in support...

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