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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 4 April 14, 1943

Interest and Trepidation

Interest and Trepidation.

There are some of us who watch the birth of this new action with large amounts of interest mixed with pretty big chunks of trepidation— interest in the possibilities of getting together and discussing new ideas and insights which are new to us but common-places perhaps in advanced research in other fields—trepidation when we wonder whether there are enough people here in Wellington to help the infant grow to useful childhood. Of one thing, however, we are sure: that a good many physical scientists are now realising that much of the mess the world is in today is the result of a failure to think in terms of human problems, scientifically analysed. And that as a consequence of this, the world is going to get in a still worse mess if the help of social scientists is not asked when next we have an opportunity of settling the peace of the world. If the new infant social science section can do anything in the way of making people more socially and scientifically conscious it will have served its purpose well enough.

For those who might be interested in attending the section meetings (and they are of course free to all) please note that the meetings are to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from May onwards in one of the Biology Block class rooms. The notice board will give further particulars in due course.

E. Beaglehole.