Holism and Evolution

  title={Holism and Evolution},
  author={John Graham Kerr},
  • J. G. Kerr
  • Published 1 February 1927
  • Education
  • Nature
THE advance, and indeed the proper comprehension, of evolutionary philosophy is to-day suffering greatly from the increase of specialism. This specialism is to a great extent inevitable, but it is at least in part due to an unfortunate byproduct of the spreading appreciation of the value of research. The educationist realises that there is no finer training than that which is gained by the conduct of a piece of original investigation. The community as a whole, too, is beginning to appreciate… 

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