spontaneous generation

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a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter

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This popular science book for general readers and students chronicles the history of the scientific belief in spontaneous generation, the idea that living things can spring from non-living matter, which was believed by scientists up to the late 19th century.
The spontaneous generation speed can clearly affect the emotional contagion.
Pasteur's experiments testing the hypothesis of spontaneous generation would prove to be among his most elegant, and his work in this area led him to invent and perfect many innovative techniques in the culturing of laboratory microorganisms.
If the event is the shooting of a large animal, it's almost enough to make you believe in Spontaneous Generation.
Subsequently, he developed an interest in fermentation, a subject around which the emerging germ theory clashed with the theory of spontaneous generation.
Since one of the major factors contributing to this discovery is the science of the time, she looks at selected (and sometimes wonderfully odd) scientific trends that attracted one or more of the authors: mesmerism, hypnosis, dissection, transformism and evolution, new understandings of human reproduction, spontaneous generation, puericulture, graphic physiology, and the experimental method.
To sum up, my point is that criticizing efforts at constructivist rationalism simply on the grounds that they interfere with the spontaneous generation of social institutions is like telling a lion not to eat an antelope because doing so would be "bad for evolution.
That Aristotle mentions "pneuma" here is clearly connected with his discussion about the spontaneous generation of life-forms in the sea, which in his view possesses intrinsic life-promoting heat in shallow places.
A: Spontaneous generation is the origin of life in the wild.
Thus, Enobarbus's description of Cleopatra seems like a fantastic dream, and the clearest articulation of the central Egyptian trope of spontaneous generation comes from the drunken Lepidus, who desires to believe in an exotic Egypt that he has never seen.
Aristotle and others who believed in the spontaneous generation of life were dead wrong.
For example, one sees the importance of Aristotelian final telos to later Reformed explanations of predestination, the use of Aristotle to support magisterial Protestant claims that civil government should support and defend the church and Christian piety, and the quaint scientific views of the sixteenth-century academy such as spontaneous generation, humor-based anatomy, and the notion that an Ethiopian's dark skin (something "caused by heat") can "deeply affect the soul" (334).
then prevalent ideas about the spontaneous generation of life), Merian's observations were later devalued by male scientists.
Chapter 1 ("The Useless Genitor") deals mainly with spontaneous generation and generation from putrefaction; chapter 2 discusses questions of paternity in Niccolo Machiavelli's La mandragola (The mandrake) (1518), and chapter 3 deals with this same issue by focusing on the strange birth of Tasso's Clorinda, one of the main female characters of the Gerusalemme Liberata (Jerusalem delivered) (1581).
Monasteries do not come into existence by spontaneous generation.
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