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November 15, 1985

The Wonder of Being Human: Our Brain and Our Mind

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

JAMA. 1985;254(19):2825-2826. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360190133045

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Abstract

This book is dedicated to understanding the human person, namely, one's self. Whatever experience we have had we can marshal to the deeper understanding of being human, rather than "retreating to the fatal comforts of know-nothingism"(p xi).

The authors expatiate on humanistic and scientific studies that have seemed to depreciate the value of being human as they have "trickled down" to the laity. They discuss some of these studies not only to obviate the scorn of humanity but actually to further an appreciation of science as surely one of the most dependable guides in the human adventure.

Few are the epistemic approaches unmentioned in their attempt to stay the steady attrition of life's "meaning," a process rather amusingly subsumed long ago by Henry Adams with his pithy observation that the succession of Presidents from Washington to Grant was almost enough in itself to upset the whole Darwinian theory.

Naturally, Eccles

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