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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 2. March 16, 1938

Science—its Place

Science—its Place.

In the realms of the sciences these strange pursuits have, indeed, richly repaid their devotees; and within this field the method may well be defended and deemed justified by its fruits. But life is not wholly—not even mainly—a question of scientific research. The need for original and Independent thinking is limited: for co-operative effort, universal. The Individualist drive to "independent" thought has quite outrun the emphasis on capacity for co-operative co-ordination. Yet in an age blighted by the chaotic legacy of laissez-faire and private enterprise, co-operation of some sort is clearly the essential instrument of change. For the academes, no doubt, cut off as they are by the very fog of their mental vapourings from a vision more extensive than the precincts of their own labours, individualism may yet be the summum bonum.