The environmental context


  • Thomas F. Malone


Secure as we may feel in the conviction that a better understanding of the physical universe in which we live, and a deeper knowledge of t he processes of plant and animal life in that universe, have the potential for improving rather than degrading t he lot of mankind, not all of our fellow beings share this belief. One of our challenges during the balance of this century is to demonstrate that in their pure and applied forms the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences—properly developed and orchestrated in the services of mankind—do constitute forces for good rather than evil. We must endeavor to bring these disciplines together, to extend and to strengthen our knowledge, and to perfect the use of that knowledge in the service of mankind.