The Bridge of Language

Science  10 Apr 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4491, pp. 127-132
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4491.127


The elements of human culture, including literature and the sciences, grow out of a basis in social concern. As they develop, their inner structures begin to emerge and those practicing them make discoveries within those structures. When tensions arise with the concerns of society a divided loyalty arises. In the past, social concerns which resisted science or censored literature were usually wrong, but there are very intense concerns today, such as environmental pollution, which appear to be bringing us to a common meeting point.