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Agassiz, Louis – Essay on Classification – Improving our observational skills

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ESSAY ON CLASSIFICATION  By LOUIS AGASSIZ  

…. it is high time that certain zoologists who would call themselves investigators should remember that natural objects, to be fully understood, require more than a passing glance; they should imitate the example of astronomers, who have not become tired of looking into the relations of the few members of our solar system to determine, with increased precision, their motions, their size, their physical constitution, and keep in mind that every organized being, however simple in its structure, presents to our appreciation far more complicated phenomena within our reach than all the celestial bodies put together; they should remember that as the great literary productions of past ages attract ever anew the attention of scholars who can never feel that they have exhausted the inquiry into their depth and beauty, so the living works of God, which it is the proper sphere of Zoology to study, would never cease to present new attractions to them, should they proceed to the investigation with the right spirit.

Their studies ought indeed inspire everyone with due reverence and admiration for such wonderful productions.

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Agassiz, Louis

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