to give any form some advantage over another

NewAmerica

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Does "to give any form some advantage over another" mean "to give some advantage (over another) to any form"?

Thanks in advance

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It is good thus to try in our imagination to give any form some advantage
over another
. Probably in no single instance should we know what to do, so as
to succeed. It will convince us of our ignorance on the mutual relations of all
organic beings; a conviction as necessary, as it seems to be difficult to acquire.


-The Origin of Species
 
  • DaylightDelight

    Senior Member
    Japanese - Tokyo
    I read the bold part as: "to give some advantage to any form over another form."
    I think it's speaking about comparisons between various forms -- "some form is more advantageous than other forms."

    And I don't see any direct logical connection between the first and the second sentences.
    "It's a good idea to think of some advantage any form might have.
    We wouldn't know what is the most successful form if we regard each instance separately."
     
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