Author: VAN RENSSELAER POTTER, pp.12
Date: May 16,1994
The continued degradation of the global environment and the international population explosion that contributes to it are matters that must concern every scientist. Each of us is capable of participating in efforts in the interest of the biosphere and human survival; each of us has something to contribute to the solution of the seemingly intractable problems confronting us.
No longer can we relax in the assumption that, years from now, "when things get bad enough," science will step in to provide the answers. The time to step in and prove our ethical as well as technical competence is now; things are already "bad enough." And central to our efforts must be the promotion of dialogue between science and religion concerning human and biosphere survival.
For centuries, the subject of human values has been regarded as beyond the realm of science, the exclusive...