The Universe and You

The Universe and You

The Universe and You

The Universe and You

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Herbert Neal was first of all a biologist, and an impressive teacher of the advancing body of biological knowledge. He was devoted to his science and to the methods of science; he communicated that devotion to his students. But as a man, he was bound to ask himself whether the methods of biological science were adequate to give us the full truth about man. This question is one whose importance grows with the years, for it is a matter of the highest practical consequence what man thinks of himself and what inferences he draws from that thought about his own business on the planet and his own destiny.

It was characteristic of Neal that he gave to this question an answer of whose truth he was fully convinced and which, at the same time, was wholly undogmatic. He believed that there is more in human nature than either biology or psy- chology or sociology can reveal. Yet he was wholly unwilling to press his conviction on his readers, as he was unwilling to press it upon his students, by pure affirmation. He preferred to show by patient enquiry the difficulties one encounters in . . .

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