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Rounded intellectual history
on 11 July 2014
I am a cerebral man. This four dvd collection appeals to the very core of my being. I shall draw your attention to two of Jacob Bronowski's perspectives on the ascent of man.
One is that humans are the only animal to make love face to face. Combined with the observation that the human female is the only female of any animal to have an orgasm and we have a direction to take our understanding of these findings.
Two is the view that only a human is both solitary and social.
In the case of the observation concerning making love you could say this encourages social/family development. Or you could say it's learn and move on. Another fundamental outlook of Dr Bronowski is that science, in science nothing is certain. The parallel with the certainties of Nazi Germany is compellingly put.
The stifling of human intellect in childhood is seen as an enemy of civilisation. Conformity is a killer. Civilisation limits the imagination of the child. It is the individual who carries integrity with ease. I despair at the debilitating conformity around me.
It is true I longed for the most up to date information on much of the scientific analysis. DNA, for example, seems to be on the road to eradicating crime altogether. I would have liked to see the latest developments. But do not let this distract you from the Doctor's lecture on the human animal (if you are concerned about 'man' for mankind). His insights never falter. I could not help but notice the story is one of individuals. Never the ignoramus that is society.