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April 1963

The Nature of Man and the Meaning of Existence

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By Harold Saxton Burr, PhD. Price, not given. Pp. 108. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 321-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1962. Thoughts Upon the Equation of Mind and Brain. The 13th Hughlings Jackson Lecture. By Sir Francis Walshe. Price, not given. Pp. 18. Brain 76:1-18, 1953.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(4):535-536. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620280135039

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Dr. Burr, an anatomist, has looked at man's organism and seen how inadequate are all the so-called scientific theories to explain it. There is an orthodoxy in all biological teaching which is founded on the faith that all of nature's problems will one day be solved in terms of physics and chemistry. Burr sees how inadequate this all is. He sees the unity of man, as he develops from a single fertilized egg. He sees how each part is related to all the others. At every stage of development there is a marvelous unity in the organism. There is a controlled direction from one center which not only sees the needs of the whole organism but which also coordinates the various parts in their relations to each other.

Burr sees that order is heaven's first law. He cannot accept the fallacies of the materialists who keep asserting that the universe

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