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Mark Twain

What Is Man? and Other Essays

“What Is Man?” is a short story by American writer Mark Twain, published in 1906. It is a dialogue between a Young Man and an Old Man regarding the nature of man. The title refers to Psalm 8:4, which begins “what is man, that you are mindful of him…”.
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  • Sara Hilalhas quoted7 months ago
    The Old Man and the Young Man had been conversing. The Old Man had asserted that the human being is merely a machine, and nothing more. The Young Man objected, and asked him to go into particulars and furnish his reasons for his position.
  • Sara Hilalhas quoted7 months ago
    What are the materials of which a steam-engine is made?
  • Sara Hilalhas quoted7 months ago
    Men would admire the other engine and rapturously praise it?

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