William Harvey

William HarveyIn existographies, William Harvey (1578-1657) (IQ:180|#137) (Cattell 1000:227) [RGM:N/A|1,320+] (Simmons Scientific 100:38) (Hart 100:49) (Glenn 20:4) (Murray 20:7|B) (CR:22) was an English physician noted generally for his mechanics of heart blood flow circulation theories.

Soul | Life
The following are Harvey’s views on the soul:

“Whatever the power be that creates such an animal out of an egg, that it is either the soul, or part of the soul, or something having a soul, or something existing previous to, and more excellent than the soul, operating with intelligence and foresight.”
— William Harvey (c.1630), commentary on the source of the chick embryo (Ѻ)


Some attribute Harvey as the originated or first to state the principle of biogenesis, namely the logic that life and only come from life; the following, supposedly, was stated by Harvey: [1]

“Omne vivum ex ovo” | Latin (original)

“Every living thing from an egg” [attributed]

Dean Wooldridge, similarly, states that Harvey, historically, has been assigned the epitaph “father of modern biology” for his used of ordinary engineering principles, governing the pumping and flowing of liquids, to account for functions of the heart. [2]

Francois Quesnay, in his physiocracy economic tables, in which he explained the flow of goods and services, at each step in the passage downward, modeled on a combination of Harvey’s heart pump models and Rene Descartes’ machine models of blood flow model of the body. [3]

1. (a) Note: this phrase is not found “explicitly” in Harvey’s writings, though seems to have been found “implicitly” throughout his writings as reported by many.
(b) Huxley, Thomas. (1878). “Scientific Worthies: William Harvey, Born April 1, 1578, Died June 3, 1658”, Nature, 17:417-20 Mar 28.
(c) Oderberg, David S. (2013). “Synthetic Life and the Bruteness of Immanent Causation” (GB) (GD), in: Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics (editor: Edward Feser) (§12:206-35; esp. 208, note 14). Palgrave Macmillan.
2. Wooldridge, Dean. (1968). The Mechanical Man: the Physical Basis of Intelligent Life (pg. 9). McGraw-Hill.
3. Tableau Economique (Francois Quesnay) – Marxist.org.

Further reading
● Glenn, Jim. (1996). Scientific Genius: the Twenty Greatest Minds (§:William Harvey, pgs. 30-35)). Crescent Books.

External links
William Harvey – Wikipedia.

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