Category - No 1

In Memory of Bill Sampson

On Saturday, November 3, several carloads of Ku Klux Klansmen gunned down five members of the Communist Workers Party as they were preparing for a march in Greensboro, North Carolina. Among the dead was Bill Sampson, whom some of you may remember as an active member of Science for the People. The son of a school...

Current Opinion: The Arms Race vs. Why Disarmament Now?

The two current opinions presented here express divergent views from the Disarmament/Energy Group of Boston Science for the People. It is hoped they will provoke a debate on the need and potential for a disarmament movement today and on the choice of strategy and focus for such a movement.

Mailing Lists and Technophobia: Report from the Boston SftP Computer Group

The Boston area micro-computer project grew out of the needs of Science for the People, requests for aid from various other progressive groups, and the experience with micro-computers which several members of the Boston chapter began to acquire during 1977 and early 1978. In the spring of 1978, when it appeared that...

Blueprint for Disaster: Westinghouse Brings Nukes to the Philippines

Consider the following facts: Westinghouse Electric Corporation has sold a nuclear reactor costing $1.1 billion to the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. This 620 megawatt reactor is being constructed in Morong, Bataan, on the slope of an active volcano, Mt. Natib. There are three other live volcanoes within a...

Textbook Sexism: Sexism in College Biology

Among almost 207,500 science and engineering Ph.D.s in this country, 93.4 percent are white and 92.1 percent are male. In the biological sciences, women hold approximately 11 percent of the doctorates. This has a profound effect on science and on what we perceive as the truth about ourselves as male or female human...

Is there a Gay Gene? Does it Matter?

As most readers of Science for the People are aware, speculations about the evolutionary and genetic bases of human behavior have stirred controversy since the publication of E.O. Wilson's Sociobiology: The New Synthesis in 1975.

About This Issue

The first three articles in this issue all examine the different ways political ideologies affect personal experience. Each article demonstrates how scientific justifications or systems of belief can influence the way we perceive and value ourselves.