Biological Aspects of Human Problems

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byChristian Archibald Herter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911. Excerpt: ... BOOK IV. THE FUNDAMENTAL INSTINCTS IN THEIR RELATION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER XI THE ARTS AND RELIGION The following discussion is based on the view, developed in preceding chapters, that all animals, including man, are literally automata; that is, machines whose conduct exactly reflects their physical organization. This view does not overlook the difficulty of accounting for animal evolution on the ground of existing scientific knowledge; but it assumes that, given the developed machine, the hypothesis of automatism, in the most complete form, accounts for the facts of animal life better than any other. And it not only endeavors to account for the most obvious and grossly mechanical functions of the organism, such as the circulation of the blood, the mode of locomotion, or the formation of images on the retina, but also sees in organization the full cause of conduct in its most varied phases, and the basis of all kinds of mental processes and emotional and ethical reactions. Human conduct on this hypothesis is the extremely intimate and elaborate train of nervous reactions that expresses the felt-like interaction of environmental forces with the forces pertaining to organized protoplasm. That such an hypothesis must at present content itself with supports mainly of a very general character is only a form of admission that we are still profoundly ignorant of the subtle processes that hold sway in the substance of the nervous mechanism. The progress of investigation can be counted on to do something toward making this extreme materialistic or mechanical hypothesis either more reasonably tenable than now or less so. It is put forward here because it appears to me more legitimate at present than any other, and better adapted to stimulate research and to ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911. Excerpt: ... BOOK IV. THE FUNDAMENTAL INSTINCTS IN THEIR RELATION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER XI THE ARTS AND RELIGION The following discu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217446949

ISBN - 13:9780217446945

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