Jerome Kagan


On his book The Three Cultures: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century

Cover Interview of September 17, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“On the state of scholarship in the American academy, and on the state of humanity.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The dominant premise in evolution and economics is that a person is being loyal to natural law if he or she attends to self’s interest and welfare before being concerned with the needs and demands of family or community.  The public does not realize that this statement is not an established scientific principle but an ethical preference.”

On the second:

“The most significant assignment each of us must meet, which other animals can ignore, is to make up a purpose and commit to it as if we were certain it was the reason for our existence.”