Science: Purpose Served

As it moved through the world last week, Death came to a flowering spot in southern California where an old man lay who had kept gardens for many years. To this old man Death was no supernatural thing. He had seen it come hundreds of thousand of times for his plants when their juices were dried up and their stalks withered. He considered it was just a "state of being" that began when an organism's vital principle ceased functioning. He regarded himself as an organism differing from the many that he had studied only...

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