Reason Now and Then

Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1861-1862
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1861

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Within Reason Rationality and Human Behavior. Donald B. Calne. Pantheon, New York, 1999. 345 pp. $26, C$39. ISBN 0-375-40351-5

Basing his discussion on our current understanding of the human mind and human cognition, Calne examines the application of reason to a wide spectrum of human activities, from language, through religion and art, to science. He finds reason to be a powerful biological tool, but one that cannot determine or change the uses to which it is put.