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13) Once we accept "that mental phenomena flow directly from the brain," and that "the lower animals manifested mental phenomena long before man existed," then the transmutationist "nature of the distinction between what are called instincts and reason" becomes immediately apparent.
Second, as a budding transmutationist (his term for evolution); he was developing ideas that were grist to the mill of the radical atheists and socialists whose penny pamphlets and inflammatory speeches were daily threats to the stability of British society.
For all these reasons, then, it has been easy to treat Cuvier s science as conceptually conservative and the science of the transmutationists as conceptually progressive.