Individuality Mini Poster

Individuality


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The ways in which people differ from one another may be grouped under four headings: (1) anatomical, (2) physiological, (3) biochemical, and (4) psychological. Never in the history of science and human thought, to the best of my knowledge, has anyone ever made a serious attempt to look at these differences specifically or to gain an over-all view of them. In this relatively short discussion it will not be possible to do more than present briefly a few of the outstanding findings, including some references for those who wish to explore the subject farther.

Physiological individuality is exhibited to a marked degree no matter what area we consider. In that of the senses, for example--seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, the sense of touch, etc.--striking evidence of individuality can be found wherever we look. Let us consider the sense of taste.

Like other important attributes of our character and civilization, individuality or individualism is an outgrowth of many forces. More specifically, and rather obviously, it is a product of inheritance and environment--the experience of Europe and the hope of America. It is, of course, beyond the scope of this paper, or the ability of its author, to trace through all history the conflict between the demands of society and the urgings of individuality. Something of this conflict has probably always affected human personality, but individuality as it has developed in the United States goes back most directly to English history and experience.

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