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What Dare I Think? by Julian Huxley
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What Dare I Think? (1931)

by Julian Huxley

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Mainly interesting as a historical curiosity, since much of the science has now been superseded, and the philosophy is not particularly original. The author, writing in 1931, describes a vision of eugenics that attempts to find a way to improve human evolution without violating human rights; he doesn't quite succeed. His visions of evolution also show a quaint affinity to the idea of the great ladder of progress, so popular for so long, with man as the pinnacle of evolution; a picture not recognized today, but quite up to date in its time. For anyone wanting to understand the procession of scientific thought, this is a very good step along the journey, rather than trying to read about it second hand in current histories. As for his philosophy, it reads a great deal like Paul Kurtz, so if you like Kurtz, you'll like this. Like many British authors, however, he demonstrates his utter naivete about the impact of religion outside of England, assuming that the rest of the world is basically following the lead of the mother country (a not uncommon failing with empires - for comparison, see current US thought). ( )
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