Proceedings, American Philosophical Society (vol. 127, No. 2, 1983)

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Seite 96 - If you want to find out how a philosopher feels when he is engaged in the practice of his profession, go to the nearest zoo and watch a chimpanzee at the wearying and hopeless job of chasing fleas. Both suffer damnably, and neither can win.
Seite 84 - I have already mentioned some facts to prove that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that the...
Seite 86 - They are egocentric and lack the capacity to feel empathy and love. They have little or no conscience or sense of guilt, tend to project blame when they get into trouble. They are unreliable, untruthful, and insincere, but they are often convincing because they believe their own lies. There is a vast gulf between what they say and what they do. They are impulsive, the whim of the moment being paramount. They are given to periodic and often senseless antisocial behavior which may be either aggressive,...
Seite 95 - I began to encounter my preposterous 'facts' in the writings of other men. They began to be used by chiropractors and other such quacks as evidence of the stupidity of medical men. They began to be cited by medical men as proof of the progress of public hygiene. They got into learned journals. They were alluded to on the floor of Congress.
Seite 95 - They began to be cited by medical men as proof of the progress of public hygiene. They got into learned journals. They were alluded to on the floor of Congress. They crossed the ocean, and were discussed solemnly in England, and on the Continent. Finally, I began to find them in standard works of reference.
Seite 86 - In all these cases," he observes, " there is probably an original defective organization in those parts of the body which are occupied by the moral faculties of the mind...
Seite 103 - Three men retired from the business of coal mining with money," said Gowen, looking back over the history of the industry; ". . . one of those died in an insane asylum and another had softening of the brain." 12 Yet if at one time the truth had been known about the risks and hazards of mining, or if later the realities that men joked about had been fully accepted, it is highly unlikely that any significant number of individuals would have mined anthracite. Individual enterprise in the Southern fields...
Seite 94 - ... opposition, and by 1860, according to the newspaper advertisements of the time, every hotel in New York had a bathtub, and some had two and even three. In 1862 bathing was introduced into the Army by Gen. McClellan, and in 1870 the first prison bathtub was set up at Moyamensing Prison, in Philadelphia. So much for the history of the bathtub in America. One is astonished, on looking into it, to find that so little of it has been recorded. The literature, in fact, is almost nil. But perhaps this...
Seite 94 - On the one hand it was denounced as an epicurean and obnoxious toy from England, designed to corrupt the democratic simplicity of the republic, and on the other hand it was attacked by the medical faculty as dangerous to health and a certain inviter of 'phthisic, rheumatic fevers, inflammation of the lungs and the whole category of zymotic diseases.
Seite 96 - This, of course, is not true—which is the chief reason why it is pleasant. No normal human being wants to hear the truth. It is the passion of a small and aberrant minority of men, most of them pathological. They are hated for telling it while they live, and when they die they are swiftly forgotten. What remains to the world, in the field of wisdom, is a series of long-tested and solidly agreeable lies.

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