Principle of inertia

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In principles, Principle of inertia (CR:5) (LH:2) (TL:7) refers to []


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“The principle of inertia states that no physical corpuscle need be conceived as changing its motion except in the presence of other corpuscles, that there is no need of attributing to it any power of self-determination [pg. 287]. There are probably those who think some power of self-determination must be ascribed to the elementary organic corpuscle, but this seems very doubtful. Placed in a certain field, environed with other organic or inorganic corpuscles, the life-germ moves relatively to them in a certain manner, but there seems no reason to assert, indeed there are facts pointing in the exactly opposite direction, that any change of movement need be postulated were the life-germ entirely removed from this environment. Indeed, the whole notion of self-determination as an attribute of living organisms seems to have arisen from those extremely complex systems of organic corpuscles, where the environment in the form of immediate sense-impressions determines change through a chain of stored sense-impresses peculiar to the individual or self [pg. 124].”
Karl Pearson (1892), Grammar of Science (pgs. 124, 287)[1]

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  1. Pearson, Karl. (1892). The Grammar of Science (pgs. 124, 287, ). Adam, 1900.

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