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The Emergence of Man

Nature volume 130, pages 416417 (17 September 1932) | Download Citation



THIS new book of Mr. Gerald Heard is a welcome sequel to the earlier one on the “Ascent of Humanity”, which was noticed in NATUEB of Aug. 9, 1930, p. 196. It is an advance upon it, because it deals more specifically with the known facts of history, and is for that reason more easily grasped by the person of average literary education and more likely to influence such a reader in the direction of co-ordinating his scattered fragments of historical knowledge. We welcome it specially because the author appreciates in a general way, and with enthusiasm and confidence, the rôle of science in building up civilisation, and leaves us in the last pages, if somewhat breathless, at least not prostrate. The richness of our discoveries and the glory of the prospect now revealed to us in the future by the action of man's mind, directed by science, cannot mean that civilisation is bankrupt and that we are standing on the brink of a moral and economic precipice. Possunt quia posse videntur.

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