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Chaos or Cosmos?

Excerpt from Chaos or Cosmos? Is the world in which we live a chaos, a welter of blind forces and brutish passions? Or is it a cooperative enterprise, through which Man and God are slowly working out an order of justice and brotherhood? That is the question men are asking, with an importunity no previous age has known. We are coming to distrust Materialism. As a philosophy of life, it has been stifling moral and religious forces that are essential to progress. It offers no hope for the future. Selfishness spells exploitation and class struggle. The idea of the survival of the strong brought our generation to the World War and its terrible aftermath. We have been passing through a period of intellectual panic. Many current theories of the world have gone into bankruptcy. What is to take their place? The relation of man to the Universe must be approached today in the attitude of the scientist. For the modern mind, knowledge is not something fixed and final, but a series of approximations. Some men still take their opinions on authority. Abstract philosophers continue to treat ideas as if they were the only realities. In this book we shall make inductions from the concrete facts given us by science and human experience. Though not a biologist, my studies have compelled me to take the biological point of view. Man is an organism; his life, physical and mental, is a process of adaptation. To reverse Descartes' dictum: I think, therefore Something is, to which my mind is seeking to adjust itself. And that Something is the vast external Universe, which forms my environment. It is of little importance to know the exact source of our ideas. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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