The power of ideas and the ability to turn them into useful things is what propels us forward as a society.
But we, as a society, have a very short-term view about problems like child abuse and domestic violence.
It depends on the values and experiences of a society, which then decides which types and degrees of risks are acceptable and which are not.
Libya will begin afresh after Gaddafi, in a comprehensive reconstruction of everything civic, political, legal, and moral that makes up a society and its government.
Colonial New England is, of course, the archetype: a society of highly literate, family farmers.
A number describing the size of a carbon atom would be meaningless in a society that had no notion of atoms or building blocks of that scale.
Set against this is the fact that we clearly live in a society awash with materialism, where objects are valued way beyond their possible contribution to our happiness.
Bloggers have had fun pointing out that "1984" is largely about censorship -- the suppression of information in a society led by Big Brother.
Bloggers have had fun pointing out that 1984 "is largely about censorship -- the suppression of information in a society led by Big Brother.
A bilingual secretary from Cameroon, she is immaculately dressed and has the practised deportment of a society debutante.