Man, the Mechanical Misfit

Man, the Mechanical Misfit

Man, the Mechanical Misfit

Man, the Mechanical Misfit

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I insert this foreword by way of explanation. The book contains sins of commission and of omission. The most obvious of the former is that of attributing purpose to nature. I find it easier to write a popular book in this vein. Whether evolution has been guided by a conscious purpose residing somewhere in nature or can be explained wholly in terms of adaptive variation is immaterial to this work. I certainly have no intention of provoking an argument on such a controversial point.

There is also a tendency to be dogmatic. This is not through lack of appreciation for the views of others. It is difficult to advance a favorite hypothesis, one which is certain to meet with much opposition, without the appearance of dogmatism. This book is intended to represent a point of view--nothing more. It does not purport to be the voice of "science."

As to sins of omission there must of necessity be many. I find it very hard to follow the research in an isolated field of psychology. It would be ridiculous to claim a detailed knowledge of the broad areas, including among others general psychology, biology, and anthropology, which form a background for this book. My aim is to write a popular work on a very unpopular thesis within the realm of accepted scientific fact.

G. H. ESRTABROOKS.

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