Mind and Heredity

Mind and Heredity

Mind and Heredity

Mind and Heredity

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We have a convenient single word to express our confession of ignorance when faced with things we do not understand. We apply this word to the unexplained things of our own body, to things in the world about us, to things of the apparently infinite universe. We call such things mysteries, and to many of us, especially the more tender-minded among us, the labeling of a thing as mystery ends discussion of it. To others, tougher-minded, it is the very incitement to discussion, and, to some, the activating stimulus to prolonged and feverish study. It is, of course, chiefly, if not entirely, by such study that we ever can and do get anywhere in the fascinating game of solving mystery.

The methods of such study are familiar; they are primarily descriptive and analytic. We call them scientific. They break up the big mystery into little ones; they sometimes succeed in reaching an immediate -- although never an ultimate -- rather satisfying explanation of some of these little parts of the big whole. By . . .

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