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Need for the Study of Human Biology

    Naturevolume 140page145 (1937) | Download Citation



    IN an address at the celebrations of centenary of the University of Michigan on June 17, Prof. Raymond Pearl emphasized the necessity of evolving a science of human biology broad enough to synthesize our knowledge of man's mental and spiritual nature as well as of his physical nature if civilization is to survive. Our rapid advance in material things, while in wisdom and goodness little or no advance has been made, renders our development so lopsided as to threaten a catastrophe. The data for the unification of human knowledge do not yet exist, and one of the main challenges of the present situation to the man of science is that by natural aptitude and training he is the best equipped to obtain such data. Prof. Pearl believes that the universities, rather than specially founded independent institutions, offer the best environment for scientific research, and the achievements of the last hundred years encourage the belief that progress will continue.

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