Man's Contracting World in an Expanding Universe

Man's Contracting World in an Expanding Universe

Man's Contracting World in an Expanding Universe

Man's Contracting World in an Expanding Universe

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Man seldom pauses to reflect as he passes from one era to another. Indeed, usually he does not know he has made the passage until he looks back.

The great Convocation at Brown University in October of 1959 was a pause and a reflection. It came at a moment when mankind once more is at the threshold of a new age, but an age in which for the first time in his history it is possible for man, by some false step, to lose the luxury of looking back. The Convocation was a pause to let some of the world's most eminent scholars, philosophers and diplomats converse with each other about where the human race seems to be going, where it ought to go, and what it all seems to mean. They conducted this dialogue as they sat together on a stage within earshot of that most pertinent of all audiences, the general public.

The sessions were held in Brown's Marvel Gymnasium. Thirty-five hundred chairs stretched over the basketball court. Backboards and hoops disappeared to make room for television cameras that carried the proceedings to overflow audiences in a nearby school and to Sayles Hall and the Faunce House Art Gallery on the campus.

Over the heads of the panelists, dominating the stage and . . .

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