Lost! … But Making Good Time

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 319–320. Reviews the book, The People Shapers by Vance Packard (1977). The purpose of the book is to convey, by citing current research and practice in the life sciences, the extent to which respect for the privacy and integrity of the individual human is being, and has been, eroded. There are inconsistencies, errors, gossip, an occasional ad hominem argument, and an irritating use of exclamatory interjections whenever eminent worthies put their feet in their mouths, which happens with eerie regularity. The most disturbing of all is the image author conveys of the men and women-biologists, psychologists, physicians-who are responsible for the technological achievements that may threaten human life and dignity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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