Signs of the Times

Professor Loren Eiseley University Professor of Anthropology and the History of Science University of Pennsylvania in the 1963 Blashfield Address American Academy of Arts and Letters New York, New York

As an evolutionist I never cease, to be astounded by the past. It is replete with more features than one world can realize. Perhaps it was this that led the philosopher Santayana to speak of men's true natures as not adequately manifested in their condition at any given moment, or even in their usual habits. "Their real nature," he contended, "is what they would discover themselves to be if they possessed self-knowledge, or as the Indian scripture has it, if they became what they are."

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July 11, 1964

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