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Also we know that man is an absolutely new arrival on earth; he has possessed
and governed it for less than a thousandth part of its existence. Most of us still
think of ourselves as the final triumph of biological evolution ; we are convinced
Nothing appears to be in sight at present, and after we have burnt up the earth's
accumulated store of fuel in a few hundreds of years, our posterity may be
compelled to return to a much simpler life for their many million of years on earth.
Inanimate things, the same as we who try to reason, have their rules of being and
abide by them faithfully. Stars and dew, birds and blades of grass, men and clods
of earth have to fulfill their destinies. The drops of water in the slimiest mud ...
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Autobiographical essays by Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Dewey, Dreiser, H.G. Wells, Nansen, James Jeans, Babbitt, Arthur Keith, James Adams, H.L. Mencken, Julia Peterkin, Lewis Mumford, G.J. Nathan, Hu ... Read full review