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transmutation

 [trans″mu-ta´shun]
1. evolutionary change of one species into another.
2. the change of one chemical element into another.

trans·mu·ta·tion

(trans'myū-tā'shŭn),
A change; transformation.
Synonym(s): conversion (1)
[L. transmuto, pp. -atus, to change, transmute]

trans·mu·ta·tion

(trans'myū-tā'shŭn)
A change; transformation.
Synonym(s): conversion (1) .
[L. transmuto, pp. -atus, to change, transmute]
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In the process, however, Thoreau's language makes dramatically and painfully clear progressionism's fundamental incompatibility with anything like an acceptance of human natural history in the transmutationist sense, as animal nature is consistently figured as "the inferior and brutish nature to which [humankind] is allied." "He is blessed," Thoreau writes, "who is assured that the animal is dying out in him day by day, and the divine being established" (220).
If, like his contemporaries, Thoreau had difficulty thinking evolution from within progressionism, by the time of Walden "s extensive "remaking," beginning "sometime in 1852," he had also become deeply interested in the transmutationist account of a natural history that included humankind.
First, the "savage delight" and desire to internalize the "wildness" represented by the woodchuck "stealing across my path," described at the beginning of "Higher Laws," introduces a transmutationist narrative that runs counter to the more visible progressionist one (210).