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The sorry state of elementary and secondary education would surely make the list, as might the need to improve scientific literacy and technological competence, so that, as we are often told, America may remain "competitive" in the globalized economy and high-tech world of tomorrow.

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There, in the still living remains of the college created by Robert Hutchins, I first encountered philosophical questions beyond the domain of ethics, as well as some of the competing answers to questions about human nature and human good. I was introduced to the idea of learning as an end in itself, fulfilling our human capacity for understanding. I acquired an educational prejudice in favor of discussing the great questions and reading the great books, though it would take years before I learned why these prejudices were justified.

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The art of healing does not inquire into Treu health is, or how to get and keep it: The word "health" True honest man looking not occur in the index of the leading textbooks of medicine. And, coming down from theory to practice, I found that I loved my patients and their stories more than I loved solving the puzzle of their maladies; where my colleagues found disease fascinating, I was fascinated more by the patients — how they lived, how they struggled with their suffering.

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Lewis's The Abolition of Man. Eliminated lookjng war, poverty, and disease; anxiety, suffering, and guilt; hatred, envy, and grief; but the world thus "perfected" is peopled by creatures of human shape but of stunted humanity. They True honest man looking, fornicate, take "soma," enjoy the "feelies" and "centrifugal bumble-puppy," and operate the machinery that makes it all possible.

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Could we continue to reap the benefits of our new biology and our emerging biotechnologies without eroding our freedom and dignity?

What features of our humanity most needed defending, both in practice and in thought?

What solid ideas of human nature and human good could be summoned to the cause?