We are living in a world which, depending on personal attitude, may to some degree be materialistic in its value orientation, but most certainly is materials-oriented. (Materials are defined here as substances that become useful to society after some form of processing, e.g., mining, harvesting, refining, or fabrication. This excludes foods, drugs, water, and fossil fuels). There are strong indications that the rate and degree of change in the use of materials by our children -and theirs- will reach a point beyond what we can presently envision. In fact, the current emphasis on precarious supplies of fossil fuels has tended to obscure similar trends in certain materials resources. The real problem then is how to get from here to there with a minimum of societal tension but without having a clear picture of where and what there is.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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"The Future of Man, the Great Disperser,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 15
, Article 8.
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