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Julian Huxley

Fecha de nacimiento: 22. Junio 1887
Fecha de muerte: 14. Febrero 1975

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Julian Sorell Huxley fue un biólogo evolutivo, escritor, humanista, eugenista internacionalista británico, conocido por sus contribuciones a la popularización de la ciencia a través de libros y conferencias.[1]​ Fue el primer director de la Unesco y fue nombrado caballero británico en 1958. Apoyó las teorías de la selección natural, fue uno de las figuras destacadas de la síntesis evolutiva moderna. Fue el secretario de la Sociedad Zoológica de Londres y uno de los fundadores del Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza.

Huxley formaba parte de una familia distinguida. Su hermano era el escritor Aldous Huxley y era medio hermano de otro biólogo, el premio Nobel Andrew Huxley. Su padre fue un escritor y editor Leonard Huxley y su abuelo paterno el biólogo T. H. Huxley, famoso por ser colega y apoyar a Charles Darwin. Su abuelo materno fue el académico Tom Arnold.

Frases Julian Huxley

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„El darwinismo eliminó por completo del campo de la dialéctica la idea de un Dios creador de vida orgánica.“

—  Julian Huxley
Source: Citado en: The New Biology (La nueva biología), de Robert Augros y George Stanciu, página 188.

„Tarde o temprano, el pensamiento equivocado lleva a la mala conducta.“

—  Julian Huxley
Source: "Religion and Science: Old Wine in New Bottles" en the Traveller's Library (1933) editado por William Somerset Maugham. pág. 1248

„En términos operativos, Dios está empezando a parecerse no a un gobernante, sino a la última sonrisa evanescente de un gato de Cheshire cósmico.“

—  Julian Huxley
Source: Julian Huxley: Religion without Revelation (1927). Citado en: Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists http://books.google.es/books?id=vqTNfnKJVPAC&pg=PA381, 3ª edición. John Daintith (ed.). CRC Press, 2010. ISBN 1-4200-7272-2, pág. 381

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„Todos sabemos cómo el tamaño de las sumas de dinero parece variar de manera notable a medida que se nos paga o pagamos.“

—  Julian Huxley
Source: "Philosophic Ants" en The Borzoi Reader (1936), editado por Carl Van Doren, pág. 548

„Such major organizations of thought may be necessary in science as much as in religion.“

—  Julian Huxley
The New Divinity (1964), Context: Eventually the old ideas will no longer serve, the old ideological framework can no longer be tinkered up to bear the weight of the facts, and a radical reconstruction becomes necessary, leading eventually to the emergence of a quite new organisation of thought and belief, just as the emergence of new types of bodily organization was necessary to achieve biological advance. Such major organizations of thought may be necessary in science as much as in religion. The classical example, of course, was the re-patterning of cosmological thought which demoted the earth from its central position and led to the replacement of the geocentric pattern of thought by a heliocentric one. I believe that an equally drastic reorganization of our pattern of religious thought is now becoming necessary, from a god-centered to an evolutionary-centered pattern.

„The great men of the past have given us glimpses of what is possible in the way of personality, of intellectual understanding, of spiritual achievement, of artistic creation. But these are scarcely more than Pisgah glimpses.“

—  Julian Huxley
Transhumanism (1957), Context: The first thing that the human species has to do to prepare itself for the cosmic office to which it finds itself appointed is to explore human nature, to find out what are the possibilities open to it (including, of course, its limitations, whether inherent or imposed by the facts of external nature)... The great men of the past have given us glimpses of what is possible in the way of personality, of intellectual understanding, of spiritual achievement, of artistic creation. But these are scarcely more than Pisgah glimpses. We need to explore and map the whole realm of human possibility, as the realm of physical geography has been explored and mapped. How to create new possibilities for ordinary living? What can be done to bring out the latent capacities of the ordinary man and woman for understanding and enjoyment; to teach people the techniques of achieving spiritual experience (after all, one can acquire the technique of dancing or tennis, so why not of mystical ecstasy or spiritual peace?); to develop native talent and intelligence in the growing child, Instead of frustrating or distorting them?

„Whether he wants to or not, whether he is conscious of what he is doing or not, he is in point of fact determining the future direction of evolution on this earth.“

—  Julian Huxley
Transhumanism (1957), Context: The new understanding of the universe has come about through the new knowledge amassed in the last hundred years — by psychologists, biologists, and other scientists, by archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians. It has defined man's responsibility and destiny — to be an agent for the rest of the world in the job of realizing its inherent potentialities as fully as possible. It is as if man had been suddenly appointed managing director of the biggest business of all, the business of evolution — appointed without being asked if he wanted it, and without proper warning and preparation. What is more, he can't refuse the job. Whether he wants to or not, whether he is conscious of what he is doing or not, he is in point of fact determining the future direction of evolution on this earth. That is his inescapable destiny, and the sooner he realizes it and starts believing in it, the better for all concerned.

„What the job really boils down to is this — the fullest realization of man's possibilities, whether by the individual, by the community, or by the species in its processional adventure along the corridors of time.“

—  Julian Huxley
Transhumanism (1957), Context: What the job really boils down to is this — the fullest realization of man's possibilities, whether by the individual, by the community, or by the species in its processional adventure along the corridors of time. Every man-jack of us begins as a mere speck of potentiality, a spherical and microscopic egg-cell. During the nine months before birth, this automatically unfolds into a truly miraculous range of organization: after birth, in addition to continuing automatic growth and development, the individual begins to realize his mental possibilities — by building up a personality, by developing special talents, by acquiring knowledge and skills of various kinds, by playing his part in keeping society going.

„There is no separate supernatural realm: all phenomena are part of one natural process of evolution. There is no basic cleavage between science and religion; they are both organs of evolving humanity.“

—  Julian Huxley
The New Divinity (1964), Context: The entire cosmos is made out of one and the same world-stuff, operated by the same energy as we ourselves. "Mind" and "matter" appears as two aspects of our unitary mind-bodies. There is no separate supernatural realm: all phenomena are part of one natural process of evolution. There is no basic cleavage between science and religion; they are both organs of evolving humanity.

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