Man in Process

Man in Process

Man in Process

Man in Process

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Man in process of evolution, of development physically and culturally, constitutes an object lesson in the method of trial and error. In both dimensions of his development, the physical and the cultural, he has been, on the whole, spectacularly successful. Physically he is remarkably resourceful at adaptation. What be cannot accomplish by means of his purely physical endowments he can through the agency of his behavioral ones. Having no wings with which to fly he invents them and flies faster and higher than any bird. He has mastered the art and science of living and finding his way underwater as well as he has in his natural medium on the surface of the earth. He is only a few decades, at most, away from creating life itself. He has established a mastery over nature which is unique in the three billion years of this earth's history, without establishing anything like a comparable mastery over himself. This has been so often remarked in recent years that it has become something of a cliché. The danger of a truth too often repeated lies in the fact that it may become wearisome, a bore, something to avoid and evade. Like a hackneyed melody it palls upon the ear.

The truth, like the melody, nevertheless fingers on. Man controls virtually the whole of nature. The only part of it . . .

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