Robert Fuller: The Secret To Science's Success
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[This is the 4th in the series Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship]
Man is a creature who makes pictures of himself,
and then comes to resemble the picture.
- Iris Murdock
The title of Mark Twain's What Is Man? poses a question that humans have pondered for millennia. Our species modestly calls itself Homo sapiens--Man, the wise. We've also been dubbed Man, the builder; the tool maker; the game player; and the talker. Twain himself argued that man is a machine, Homo machinus.
While all these characterizations capture some aspect of humanness, none does so uniquely. On the contrary, it seems that every time someone makes a case that a particular trait sets humans apart, experts in animal life say, "No, animals do that too." Animals show intelligence and build nests, dams, and webs. They make tools, play games, and make war. They communicate and display emotion.
But no species other than ours holds the fate of the Earth in its hands. The question, then,
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