Science Observations

In any society there are many complicated issues that unfortunately get simplified to the point where short-sightedness wins.... Science teaches us to think more broadly than that. If we really had wise leaders, they would take the long-term perspective seriously precisely because we are so prone to ignore it. They should listen to scientists and philosophers much more than economists who tend to be interested in what happens in the next annual quartile.

- Animal ecologist Hanna Kokko of Finland's University of Helsinki, in a Q&A in the Sept 9 Current Biology

Found in the October 25, 2008 issue of Science News.