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The Natural Sciences: General Considerations


by Frederick Barry 1937

If there is any kind of human activity that is quite spontaneously good-natured, that permits and stimulates among men of every sort the free and unreflecting expression of mutual good will and encouragement, and the quick unmeditated response to the call for assistance or succor, it is that of difficult cooperative labor directed toward the accomplishment of some common practical purpose. The thousand-and-one evidences of the prevalence of this spirit among those who are actually thus achieving the results that in the aggregate we grandiloquently call 'the conquest of civilization' are certainly our best assurance, despite the facile arguments of cynical sophisticates and weary pessimists, that the expectations of humane idealists are something considerably more than expressions of unreasoned faith.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 36, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 38 Number 10, 1937, p. 155-176
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21345, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:42:58 PM

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