What is man?
He is a material being, organized after a peculiar manner; conformed to a certain mode of thinking- of feeling; capable of modification in certain modes peculiar to himself- to his organization- to that particular combination of matter which is found assembled in him.
What origin do we give to the human species?
Like all other beings, man is a production of Nature, who resembles them in some respects, and finds himself submitted to the same laws; who differs from them in other respects, and follows particular laws, determined by the diversity of his confirmation.
Whence came man?
Our experience on this head does not capacitate us to resolve the question; but that it cannot interest us, as it suffices for us to know that man exists; that he is constituted, as to be competent to the effects we witness.
Adapted from System of Nature by d’Holdbach