Essays

Technology has infatuated the American people for at least a hundred years, but only in the 1970s have significant portions of society begun to raise questions about its costs in energy, about environmental damage, and unexplored alterna- tives. Nuclear weapons are surely the most deadly product of that love affair. Since the late 1940s, the United States has based its security overwhelmingly on atomic and hydrogen warheads. Could we have prevented a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union? Probably...

buffalo hunters who wasted more than they took. But the record shows an abid- ing, if somewhat erratic, public concern for the well-being of the American environment. Since 1970, the country has been en-gaged in an unprecedented effort to clean up its air and water, as the chart indicates. And of late, there has been a revival of the turn-of-the-century notion that natural resources are not limitless. Here, conservationist J. Clarence Davies I11 sketches the historical antecedents of the present...

David P. Bayash
More than 100 years after The Origin of the Species was first published, students of behavior are finally coming to grips with Darwin's message. It's about time. The behavioral sciences in gen- eral-and social science in pal-ticular-have long suffered from an inferiority complex relative to the "harder" sciences, notably chemistry and physics. Even a cursory reading of the classic texts , in these areas, such as Linus Pauling's General Chemistry and Richard Feynman's Lectures...

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