People: Inside Dopester

"Civilization needs friends," Harvard's busy Astronomer-Harlow Shapley reported to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (see SCIENCE). He felt the lack. "Nobody cares aggressively about its continuation," he complained. Dr. Shapley, an astronomer who worries about almost everything under the stars, plumped for a "positive friendship for civilization, expeditiously organized and steadily maintained. . . . Time is short," he warned. The five great threats as he saw them in climactic order: pandemic plague, world warfare with superweapons; boredom; sexually debilitating dope; and "the genius-maniac." The simple way to dispose...

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