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March 16, 1970

The Uniqueness of Man

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Washington University St. Louis

JAMA. 1970;211(11):1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170110064027

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"The effort to understand the only being who has made an effort to understand will keep man occupied, one suspects, for a long time to come." Considerations of our very existence are amply put forth by the contributors to this discussion resulting from the Nobel conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1968. This book presents a series of papers all written by outstanding individuals and directed toward the uniqueness of man.

Sir John Eccles discusses the philosophy of the person because "I wish to do all I can to restore to mankind the sense of wonder and mystery that arises from the attempt to face up to the reality of our very existence as conscious beings." W. H. Thorpe expresses the opinion that scientific advances of the future will come from "accepting the view that man's intellect acquires knowledge by a real act of personal faith, a readiness to believe