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Ín Popular Scionco Monthly for February, J. VV. Po wol], in an admirably writton article on tho "Largor Import of Sciontilic Edueation," says: Scientitic education is a training in montal integrity. All along tho history of.culture from savago to ruodorn civilizatioa men havo iniagined what ouglit to bo, and then havo triod to provo it true. Tliis is tho vory spirit of inotaphysical philosophy. When the imagination is not disicplined by unrolenting facts, it inventó falsohoods, and when orror has thus boon invonl.ed, tho hoavens andoarth are (o bo ransackcd for its proof. Most of the literata r tho past is a vast assemblage .of argument? in support of error. In science nothing oan bo pormanontly accepted but that wiiich is true, and whatevor is accepted ns truo is challenged again and agaia. It is an axiom in scienco that no truth can bo so sacred that it niay not bo quoslionod. Whon that which has boen accepted as true has the least doubt thrown upon it, sciomitic nien at once re-examine the subject. No opinión is saored. "It onght to bo" is nevor hearU in scientific circles. -It seoms to bo and we think it is" is tho modest languago of tho sciontilie literaturo. In scienco all apparently conllicting facts aro marshal(d, all doubls aro weighod, all scourcos of orror are oxamincd, and tho most refinod determination is given with Iho "probaolo error." A guard is sot upon the bias of entbusiasm, tho bias of previous statomont, and tho bias of hoped-for discovery, that thoy may not lead astray. So whilo scientiüc research is a training in observation and reasoning, it is also a training in integrity. i.. i '


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