Measurement of Man's Mental Ability
Leading thinkers of the western world suggest that human intelligence is fated to save or destroy mankind, perhaps within a matter of decades. Britain's C. P. Snow is pessimistic about the prospects of turning the mind of man away from its bent for making the earth uninhabitable through pollution, overpopulation or the use of nuclear weapons. On this side of the Atlantic, Buckminster Fuller argues that man's chances of survival and well-being are not dimmed but brightened by new achievements of the human intellect.
The manned moon landing and the deciphering of the D.N.A. genetic code1 are monuments to optimists among scientist-intellectuals. They contend that for the first time in history man has the ability to play a conscious, active role ...