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In his essay The Place of Science in a Liberal Education Russell Bertrand explains how a liberal education is obtained through a literary education and an education based on science His goal is not to attack literary education but to draw attention to theachievements and excellencies in science in the present Bertrand Russell speaks in length about education in the sense of He states how we can obtain an education in the narrow sense by learning information on various topics and subjects through the instruction of others He also states of obtaining an education in a broad sense by getting an education of life through personal experiences However Russell interprets education in the sense that it is defined as the formation by means of instruction of certain mental habits and a certain outlook on life and the world page 73 Russell discusses two different types of education The first being an education based on literature and the second based on science He states that most people gree that a literary education is superior to scientific education because it is the true nature of science and the methods involved which can be used to train the mind in a finer quality are too often sacrificed for only the useful products of science Also humans do not give enough credit to the capabilities and values of science but merely draw from what can immediately benefit them and discard the rest as insignificant Our whole life Russell says is built around primary instincts and impulses Education cannot be expected to generate desires and motivation It must instead work to broaden the scope of our existing impulses by providing a wide variety of thoughts and helping us find a way to reach greatest satisfaction of our desires There is no outside source that can provide these instincts Therefore the purpose of education can only be to enlarge the scope of those that human nature provides page 74 We
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