Human Fertility and Population Problems: Proceedings of the Seminar Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Roy O. Greep; American Ethnological Society et al. | Go to book overview

VI
SOCIO-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF POPULATION GROWTH

CORA A. DU BOIS, Ph.D.

Chairman: Louis Levin, Ph.D.

DR. LEVIN commented in introducing Dr. Du Bois:

"Probably I really do not need to introduce this final session, because, in a real sense, Dr. Hisaw has already done this, perhaps better and more fluently than I might. Possibly what I ought to do is to ask him to come up and repeat some of the things he said, but I won't impose double jeopardy on him. Instead, I want to take slight exception to one idea he tossed out. He spoke in terms of the overpopulation problem and said that if man doesn't take care of this problem with his intellect, ruthless nature will do so of her own accord. Though I have been a long-time respecter and admirer of Dr. Hisaw and have a great deal of affection for him, I want to take one slight exception to his diagnosis.

"I doubt that ruthless nature will have an opportunity to take care of the problem. It seems to me that if we have the problem we are talking about -- if we are truly going to have overpopulation to the extent estimated -- then man with his intellect will take care of it himself by using that intellect. Perhaps I would be more correct if I said by misusing it. It seems to me that man has demonstrated over the ages that he is an aggressive and

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