The Direction of Human Evolution

The Direction of Human Evolution

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The Direction of Human Evolution

The Direction of Human Evolution

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The lectures which constitute this volume were given at the University of North Carolina in May, 1920, under the terms of the "John Calvin McNair Lectureship on the mutual bearings of science and religion upon each other." One or two of them were also delivered at Northwestern University, Mt. Holyoke College, Western University, and the University of Texas.

The topic chosen for this series is one in which the bearings of science upon religion are most vital, namely, the origin and destiny of the human race. I shall attempt to present certain conclusions of science regarding the evolution of man, and shall venture to draw from these conclusions certain inferences with regard to the future of the human race, but I have no desire to force others to accept these conclusions or inferences.

The spirit of science is freedom to seek and to find truth, freedom to hold and to teach any view for which there is rational evidence, recognition that natural knowledge is incomplete and subject to revision, and that there is no legitimate compulsion in science except the compulsion of evidence.

The method of science is to proceed from observa-

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