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Some have contrasted the variability of human societies, even those which are slowest to change, with the relative fixity of organic species. But if, as can be shown, the almost exclusive cause of the internal differentiation of a social form should be sought in the extra-social relations of its members, that is, in their relations, either with the fauna, the flora, the soil, the atmosphere of their country, or with the members of foreign societies which are differently constituted, this difference is not surprising.

Crookes (1880) ‘On a fourth state of matter’, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, no. 30, pp. 469-472. ] Gabriel Tarde 45 though their average speed may be identical. 48 Spottiswoode, of the Royal Society of London, says: ‘This is because the simplicity of nature as we currently understand it is in reality the result of an infinite complexity, and because, beneath the appearance of uniformity, we find a diversity whose depths and secrets we have not begun to fathom’. 50 Would he so express himself if he regarded the ultimate elements, in the vulgar fashion, as identical exemplars of an unvarying form?

And they succeed all the more in the diversification of minds to the extent that they are themselves more fixed and uniform. Take poets, for example. When a language is newly born, they take hold of it and bend it to their disordered fantasy. However, after a certain period of babbling, rhythms and prosodic laws are formulated and imposed; and this takes place in all poetries, be they Hindu, Greek or French. Uniformity appears anew. What purpose does it serve? To better unfold the poets’ imaginative resources and to add lustre to each one’s individual hue.

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