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PAGE EIGHT -. MAN'S COMPLEX CULTURE By Watson Davis Managing Editor, Science Service In periods of stress, there are always those who feel that the problems sur- rounding them are too complex and difficult to be solved. The psychiatrist is familiar with such an attitude m in- dividual lives and our complex eco- nomic conditions today would seem to justify our calling in a cosmic nsychi- atrist. Though the weak among us may call for a magical solution of our difficul- ties, we hear confident voices amc, ng those who have worked with nature without loudly calling for special priv- ilege or magic. O71e of these true scientists is Dr. Maurice C. Hail, an eminent zoologist of the U. S. Deparz- meat of Agriculture, whose researches on the diseases of animal and man have saved thousands of lives and mil- lions of dollars. Dr. Hall, writing in the April Scien- tific Monthly, analyzes the poss,:bility of injecting science into government as follows : It is preposterous to assume that, if a savage can comprehend his simple culture, a civilized man can not com- prehend a more complex culture if there is as muc'h rationality in it as there is in that of the savage. [f civ- ilization is not rational, it mu,;t bc shaped to a rational pattern. We can- not concede that the race which pr6- duces men who tear atoms to pieces and follow the course of remote com- ets can not produce men capable ,~f organizing and managing those affairs by which we might all be comfortably fed, clothed and housed. If man's morals, ethics, emotions, habits, cus- toms and needs constitute a baffling mixture, so, too, do the composition of proteins, the functions of the braiu, the structure of chlorophyl and the innumerable radiations in physic% yet we make progress with these latter things, and probably shall with the former. If the overlords of society have failed, it is not because they have used the scientific method. As scien- tists we may still believe that the so- lution of social problems will follow from the application of the scientific met'hod in sociology as in the physical and biological sciences. For that mat- tel sociology and economics are bio- logical sciences, for Homo sapiens is an animal, whatever else he :nay bc or hope to be. In government, which, after all, is only the collective business of socia! groups, we must adopt the scientific spirit. We must demand of the poli- tician,' as we do of the scientist, that he bring to his job an adequate fact content of knowledge and an increas- ingly large measure of intellectual keenness, courage and honesty. We must discourage the childish view that fame and fortune are of themselves admirable and desirable things. We must combat our belief in magic. There is no easy way to scientific achievement or worth-while achieve- ment of any sort. There is only the way of intelligent effort, and intelli- gent effort implies that the miml and our physical force must be exercised. Magic always implies the easy way of the wis'hing ring, the magic carpet or Aladdin's lamp, wish fulfillment by the simple process of wishing. This is still the method of politics. Only a very naive mind can believe that ma- jority votes can select ability, courage and honesty offered on a propagar=da basis. To qualify as a candidate for junior scientist, competent to play the scten- title game in the government service at $2,000 a year, a salary now likely to be marked down in order to help unemployment and restore prosperity, the law provides that a man must be a graduate of a recognized college, must pass an examination in his sub- ject-matter, and must present an ac- ceptable thesis. To qualify as a can- didate for the presidency of the Unit- ed States at a salary of $75,000 a year, the constitution provides that a man must be 35 years old, a natural born citizen and have lived in this country for 14 years. With all due respect to the high occupation and standing of the scientist, one can hardly escape the couclusion that our requirements for a president are not sufficiently ex- acting, and experience indicates that not all presidents, have had much be- yond these tmmmum constitutional qualifications. Surely the qualifica- tions for the head of this great gov- ernment should be somewhat higher, more detailed and rigid. If t'he sci- entist must have education, training and experience qualifying him for his job, if he must have intellectual keen- ness, courage and honesty for his in- dividual combat with nature, some- thing of the sort must be demanded of the politician who is due to conduct our collective combat with nature, magic, and our social parasites and predators. Perhaps t'he application of civil ser- vice qualifications to candidates for of- rice would help to make democracy the practical system that it must be if it zs to supplant autocracy permanently. If only competent candidates can qual- ify for presentation to the electorate, it will not matter so much which one is elected. It will be simpler to im- prove the quality of candidates than to raise the I. Q. of the electorate. (All rights reserved by Science Ser- vice, Washington, D. C.) CATALINA ISLAND EXCURSIONS BOOKED Pasadena Junior College, May 29, one-day trip. C. B. & Q. R. R. Tour Party, June (date to follow); one-day trip. C. M. St. P. & P. Ry. Tour Party, June (date to follow; one-day trip. American Legion Pilgrimage, June 3 and 4; stopping at Island Villa and Villa Park. Junior College of Kansas City, June 24; one-day trip. California Christion Endeavor Union, June 29; charter of S. S. "Cabrillo"-- Wilmington to Isthmus, to Avalon, to \Vihnington, with lunch at Isthmus. D. L. & W. Ry. Tour, July 19; one- day trip. Equitable Life Insurance Associa- tion, Sept., 4 days; stopping Hotel St. Catherine. California Retail Grocers Associa- tion, Sept., 1 week; stopping at Hotels St. Catherine and Atwater. GAME FISH OF CATALINA Marlin Swordfish (Tetrapturus mitsu kurii). Broadbill Swordfish (Xiphias gladius). Dolphin (Coryp'haenu~ hippurus). Giant Bass (Stereolepis gigas). Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus macrop- terus). Albacore (Thunnus alalonga). Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus). Yellowtail (Serioia dorsalis). California Bonito (Sarda Chiliensis). White Sea Bass (Cynosciion noblis). Ocean Bonito (Gymnosarda pelarnys). --:O:~ PHONE IT TO US The Islander is always pleased to give reports of local doings; parties, dances, lodge or other meetings; names of guests, return of Islanders from trips, etc. It is not always pos- sible for us personally to learn about these doings, so we would be pleased to have our readers or subscribers telephone such affairs: Islander Office phone 500. E. Windle, editor, phone 194-W. Chas. H,Smith, associate editor, phone 639. ~-~'~ : O ~ ~ In a certain western town a beauti- ful chorus girl sued a rich banker for breach of promise and was awarded $50,000. Just as she was leaving the court she was hit by an automobile and sustained eight broken ribs. The same judge awarded her $500. MORAL: Ne,cer break a woman's heart---break her ribs.--Transmitter. A hunter was showing off his collec- tion of trophies to a group of visitors. He was rapturously explaining how he acquired the various exhibits. "See that elephant ?" he said, "I shot it in my pajamas." "My gosh," murmured the flapper, "how did it get there ?"--Exchange. --- THE CATALINA Children are Disinherited If a parent leaves no will in California all the munity Property goes to the surviving parent the children are legally disinherited. ASK TO TALK WITH OUR TRUST ADVISOR. ~JBAIlII I rlvl'-][~I !11 ffl TM NATIONAL K OF LOS .ANI3ELE~ CATALINA ISLAND BRANCH NOW DOIN6 OUR OWN I LEANI AT OUR OWN PLANT IN AVALON. Special attention given to Fine Silks and Linens--All ironed by "A BOOST WILL HELP" ONE DAY SERVICE IF DESIRED in at 9 a. m:--Out by 5 p. m. 115 Phone Marilla 60 JACK SCHOOLFIELD MECHANICAL SERVICE PHbNE 11 B6-J MARINE REPAIRS TOW AND REPAIR BOATS i Plaone Richmond 6171 Pt;ivate IVY H. OVERHOLTZEII FU N,ERAL DIRECTOR 1719 South Flower Street, at 18th Lady Attendant Los Angeles, IF INTERESTED IN AVALON SUBSCRIBE FOR THE Who was Captain AI. Holbrook? Was Samuel Prentiss the original "Hermit of Catalina Island?" 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