Biology and the Training of the Citizen1


I PROPOSE in this address to depart somewhat from precedent, and to devote it neither to a general review of recent progress in our science, nor to the exposition of my own special views on problems of evolutionary morphology, but rather to a more general subject—one which I believe to be at the present time of transcendent importance to the future not merely of our nation but, indeed, of our civilisation—namely, the relation of biology to the training of the future citizen. Speaking as I do from this chair, I need scarcely say that by biology I mean more especially animal biology.


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KERR, J. Biology and the Training of the Citizen1. Nature 118, 229–233 (1926).

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