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December 1964

Literature and Science.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(6):863-864. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860120175035

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In the rather curiously running conflict, which some see as an illusion and others as a street fight, between Snow's "Two Cultures," Aldous Huxley has left his final testament in this very stimulating and useful series of essays. In them he faces the problems realistically, and not the least virtue of his work is to detach the argument from personalities such as Snow and Leavis. As is so often true in stimulating and thought-provoking essays, Huxley raises more questions than he answers. He has come a long way from the early days when he looked upon human beings as "multiple amphibians." He saw a man as a sort of congeries of miscellaneous organisms living simultaneously in many different universes but bound together by something more than loose colonial affiliations. The past, present, and future meet in a man all in one nodal point even though wrapped up obscurely. He suggested

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