December 4, 1926

Fatalism or Freedom: A Biologist's Answer.

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By C. Judson Herrick of the University of Chicago. Cloth. Price, $1. Pp. 96. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1926.

JAMA. 1926;87(23):1938. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680230062037

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In this brief essay the author presents concretely the conception of the relation of the mind to the body that is much more fully elaborated in his recent volume, "The Brains of Rats and Men." He is aware of the fact that the control of human actions is largely biologic, but insists that there is abundant scientific evidence to show that thinking is a function of the body, just as truly as walking is a body function. The human being has the power of exercising choice, but repeated acts of choosing tend in time to establish biologic control. The normal man in normal environment is free to work out his own future and to enlarge and revise it. Dr. Herrick preaches the doctrine of a free man who is responsible for what he does.

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