On Being and Becoming Human
In an age of robotics, artificial intelligence, and renewed respect for animals, are we still such extraordinary creatures? In On Being and Becoming Human, psychiatrist Willard Gaylin uses two of Western culture's most powerful legends--Adam and Eve and Pinocchio--to define the fundamental nature of being human.
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Whats So Special About Being Human
Symbol and Reality
Freedom and Choice
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