Man and His Future: A CIBA Foundation Volume

Man and His Future: A CIBA Foundation Volume

Man and His Future: A CIBA Foundation Volume

Man and His Future: A CIBA Foundation Volume

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The CIBA foundation arranges many small international conferences, most of them concerned with highly technical, specialized and fundamental aspects of medical research. This book contains the papers and discussions of an exceptional conference. The subject--based on a suggestion first made by Dr. Pincus--could however be looked upon as a reasonable extension of the Foundation's main interests; the aim of all our meetings is to stir the imagination, speed the flow of information, and generally hasten the progress of work in medical and biological research. The world was unprepared socially, politically and ethically for the advent of nuclear power. Now, biological research is in a ferment, creating and promising methods of interference with "natural processes" which could destroy or could transform nearly every aspect of human life which we value.

Urgently, it is necessary for men and women of every race and colour and creed, every intelligent individual of our one world, to consider the present and imminent possibilities. They must be prepared to defend what they hold good for themselves and their neighbours, and, more importantly, to use the immense creative opportunities for a happier and healthier world. This book should make people think.

The occasion for this unusual symposium was the first use of a new conference room at the Foundation's house in Portland Place, London. We are very grateful to the 27 distinguished contributors for their time, effort and imagination--and their co-operation in the preparation of a text which has been modified to some extent in favour of the lay reader. The editor also records his great indebtedness to many others who gave essential and valuable help in the organization of the symposium and the production of this book: Anthony and Marjorie de Reuck, Peggy Cameron, Maeve O'Connor, Julie Knight, Nancy Spufford, John Rivers and William Hill.

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