The Biological Basis of Human Freedom

The Biological Basis of Human Freedom

The Biological Basis of Human Freedom

The Biological Basis of Human Freedom

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This book is an attempt to interpret some of the philosophical implications of modern biology in terms which a layman can understand. Really fundamental ideas of science should be made comprehensible to people having no special competence in a given branch of science. Once grasped, a great truth becomes self-evident. Unfortunately, the ability to state scientific ideas simply and accurately varies from person to person, and on this score the present writer feels very serious misgivings. Yet, the current surge of anti-intellectualism should stimulate scientists to try to explain to their fellow citizens that science leads not only to the invention of new gadgets and of atomic and other bombs but also to the acquisition of new insights into human nature and man's place in the universe.

The five chapters which compose this book are somewhat expanded versions of the Page-Barbour lectures delivered at the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville, in March of 1954. Of necessity, the argument which is contained in each chapter is presented briefly and with a minimum of supporting references and illustrative ex-

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