Mind, Its Origin and Goal

Mind, Its Origin and Goal

Mind, Its Origin and Goal

Mind, Its Origin and Goal

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In the preparation of this book I have had the general reader particularly in mind. For many years the subject of evolution has been before the public, and scientists are agreed on this hypothesis as the most acceptable explanation of the method of progress. The study and discussion have been confined almost entirely, however, to the application of this theory to the physical universe, and to the physical part of man. The mental life of man has been largely taken for granted or ignored.

In the discussion of the evolution of intelligence I have tried to take not only a backward look, but a forward one as well. Recognizing the danger of the prophet's rôle, I have endeavored to make that part dealing with the future suggestive rather than dogmatic.

I am much indebted to those special investigators whose labors have been concerned with definite parts of the subjects which I have tried to assemble here, as well as to the pioneers who have made valuable contributions to the theme in its entirety. In deference to the general reader I have left out definite references and footnotes, adding at the end a general bibliography of the works principally consulted in the preparation of this book.

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