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Notes Toward A Psychology Of The Nuclear Age

As I write this piece, the fate of the earth seems literally to rest in the hands of two men, aged seventy-two and seventy-three. From all we can tell by their public pronouncements, they both have views of the world that belong in the Stone Age, or in pre-adolescence. Both apparently believe that their opposite numbers represent all that is evil on the face of the earth. Both seem to think that the only way to safety is to amass as many different kinds of weapons as possible. Both provoke each other pettishly and unnecessarily. Neither wants to get together to talk the situation over; they both seem to think that such a conversation would be positively harmful, as if open communication were dangerous. In their heavily-fortified and sumptuous seats of government, they sit around plotting against each other, surrounded by others who share their views. I can accept that I am ultimately helpless to protect my child against the exigencies of human existence, but the idea that these two befuddled and ignorant old men might be responsible for his death infuriates me. I cannot accept it. I do not accept it. It is, however, a fact.

Nuclear Mirror

It is time to go beyond the usual parameters of the nuclear debate. It is time to begin asking ourselves how The Bomb has affected the human soul itself. By exploring The Bomb as symbol, we can penetrate more deeply into the amazing mirror nuclear weapons have created. Extraordinary changes in society, in attitude and in values have emerged world-wide since Hiroshima, changes that show us a thousand ways in which The Bomb has become the guiding metaphor of our time.

Parting The Veil: A New Approach To Biology

What is it that gives organisms their form? When we walk in the countryside we see dozens of different kinds of plants. All of them are living in the same earth, getting the same sunlight. . . . Yet their forms are different, and each species has its own kind of form and organization. What is this due to?

Readers Write


We kneel in a dark room, waiting. It’s a kind of military feeling, having the “advantage of surprise.” A woman with brown hair has arranged the whole thing. She stands by the drapes, slightly bent, her finger to her lips, smiling.

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Driven by the force of love
the fragments of the world
seek each other that the world
may come into being.

Teilhard de Chardin

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