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By Roger D. Masters

Library magazine Masters (government, Dartmouth Coll.) first units up the ``straw man'' of a value-free technology after which laments that it has ended in relativism and subjectivism in regard to values in general. He goals to teach that the conventional values ``found in all significant religions and moral doctrines'' could be proven by means of science--when competently understood--to be implicit in human nature and that hence no hole separates truth and price, ``is'' and ``ought,'' technological know-how and ethics. The ebook has the looks and gear of a scholarly travel via highbrow background from the ancients to the current, however it is a careworn conflation of principles and ideas that doesn't come anyplace close to its objective; in any case, it tells us not anything major approximately how technology may also help us take care of the complexity and hard moral offerings of ``post-modern'' life.-- Leon H. Brody, U.S. workplace of team of workers Mgt. Lib., Washington, D.C.

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222. Bravery is an especial force of the soul which exalts it above the fears, emotions, and feelings which the sight of great 54 dangers might have upon it. Thanks to this power heroes remain calm and keep their heads in the most terrible and unforeseen contingencies. 223. Hypocrisy is a tribute vice pays to virtue. 224. At the front most men expose themselves sufficiently to satisfy the demands of honor, but few are willing to risk themselves enough to assure the success of the enterprise for which they are exposing themselves.

We are most often deceived when seeking to deceive others. 35 118. A desire not to deceive others constantly lays us open to deception. 119. We spend so much time deceiving others that we end by deceiving ourselves. 120. Deception is more often the fruit of weakness than of an intent to deceive. 121. Often we do right, that later we may do wrong with impunity. 122. When we resist temptation it is usually because temptation is weak, not because we are strong. 123. How little we should enjoy life if we never flattered ourselves!

The cleverest men go through life decrying trickery either to be in a position to deceive in a crisis, or to achieve a great ambition. 125. Habitual trickery is a sign of small intellects; he who covers himself with deceit at one point, usually exposes himself at another. 126. Trickery and treachery are a mark of stupidity. 127. The surest way to be deceived is to think one’s self cleverer than one’s neighbor. 128. Super-cleverness is indelicate; true delicacy rests on true cleverness. 129. Stupidity is often the best shield against a clever rascal.

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