Arabella Kenealy

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In existographies, Arabella Kenealy (96-17 BE) (1859-1938 ACM) was a British philosopher, physician, and writer, noted for []

Overview

In 1914, Kenealy, in her (1914). “Is Man an Electrical Organism?”, attempted to ferret out some type of electro-mechanical model of evolution, that takes into account “spiritual” things, situated within the conservation of energy; the following is her abstract:

“It is clear that there must be some all-pervading force or principle bridging the gulf; some power, part natural, part super-natural, acting as intermediary, linking the Incomprehensible and incalculable with the comprehended and the simple; between god and man; between man and insect; a force which has alike evolved the universe from the inchoate, and sustains it in eternal motion, physical and evolutionary; and has evolved the atom out of nothingness and keeps it in eternal motion, physical and evolutionary. The following is an earnest endeavor, humble in spirit if ambitious in aim, to show that there is indeed with us such a universal energy or principle, mysterious and potent, dominating, immanent; a force which, little as we know of it, we are coming to employ more and more every day at the same time on our simplest and our farthest-reaching missions.”
— Arabella Kenealy (1914), “Is Man an Electrical Organism” (pg. 104)

Her argument, following this overview, attempts to employ the recently discovered electron atom model of Joseph Thomson and the energy released from radioactivity to argue for a new age styled law of “creative life” were electrical potentials are reduced, similar to the way a dis-charge of lightening from the cloud strikes the ground.

Sways

Influences

Kenealy was influenced by: Henri Bergson, Herbert Spencer, and Walter Emerson.

Influenced

Kenealy was influential to Newell Sims, particularly in respect to the origin of life question or life from non life issue.

Quotes

Quotes | Employed

The following are quotes employed by Kenealy:

“The point now reached is that the conceptions of physics and chemistry are insufficient to enable us to understand physiological phenomena.”
— John S. Haldane (1908), “Presidential Address”, BAAS, Physiological Section, Dublin; cited by Arabella Kenealy (1914) in “Is Man an Electrical Organism” (pg. 101)[1]
“The ordinary physical forces have in fact a power of organization infinitely greater than has been hitherto supposed by the boldest imagination.”
— Stephan Leduc (1911), 'The Mechanism of Life' (pg. #); cited by Arabella Kenealy (1914) in “Is Man an Electrical Organism” (pg. 102)

Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Kenealy:

“Miss Kenealy is always asking questions that nobody can answer.”
— Anon (c.1885), medical school professor comment; cited by Arabella Kenealy (1914) in “Is Man an Electrical Organism” (pg. 104)

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Kenealy:

“There is indeed with us a ‘universal energy’ or principle, mysterious and potent, dominating, immanent ; a ‘force’ which, little as we know of it, we are coming to employ more and more every day at the same time on our simplest and our farthest-reaching missions.”
— Arabella Kenealy (1914), “Is Man an Electrical Organism” (pg. 104)

End matter

References

  1. Kenealy, Arabella. (1914). “Is Man an Electrical Organism?” (pg. 101), The Nineteenth Century and After, 76:101-30.

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