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《新概念英语》第四册第45课 Of men and galaxies 人和星系





First listen and then answer the following question.
What is the most influential factor in any human society?

In man's early days. competition with other creatures must have been critical. But this phase of our development is now finished. Indeed, we lack practice and experience nowadays in dealing with primitive conditions. I am sure that, without modern weapons, I would make a very poor show of disputing the ownership of a cave with a bear, and in this I do not think that I stand aloneThe last creature to compete with man was the mosquito. But even the mosquito has been subdued by attention to drainage and by chemical sprays.
Competition between our selves, person against person, community against community, still persists, however; and it is as fierce as it ever was.
But the competition of man against man is not the simple process envisioned in biology. It is not a simple competition for a fixed amount of food determined by the physical environment, because the environment that determines our evolution is no longer essentially physical. Our environment is chiefly conditoned by the things we believe. Morocco and California are bits of the Earth in very similar latitudes, both on the west coasts of continents with similar climates, and probably with rather similar natural resources. Yet their present development is wholly different, not so much because of different people even, but because of the different thoughts that exist in the minds of their inhabitants. This is the point I wish to emphasize. The most important factor in our environment is the state of our own minds.
It is well known that where the white man has invaded a primitive culture, the most destructive effects have come not from physical weapons but from ideas. Ideas are dangerous. The Holy Office knew this full well when it caused heretics to be burned in days gone by. Indeed, the concept of free speech only exists in our modern society because when you are inside a community, you are conditioned by the conventions of the community to such a degree that it is very difficult to conceive of anything really destructive. It is only someone looking on from outside that can inject the dangerous thoughts. I do not doubt that it would be possible to inject ideas into the modern world that would utterly destroy us. I would like to give you an example, but fortunately I cannot do so. Perhaps it will suffice to mention the nuclear bomb. Imagine the effect on a reasonably advanced technological society, one that still does not possess the bomb, of making it aware of the possibility, of supplying sufficient details to enable the thing to be constructed. Twenty or thirty pages of information handed to any of the major world powers around the year 1925 would have been sufficient to change the course of world history. It is a strange thought, but I believe a correct one, that twenty or thirty pages of ideas and information would be capable of turning the present-day world upside down, or even destroying it. I have often tried to conceive of what those pages might contain, but of course I cannot do so because I am a prisoner of the present-day world, just as all of you are. We cannot think outside the particular patterns that our brains are conditioned to, or, to be more accurate, we can think only a very little way outside, and then only if we are very original.
FRED HOYLE Of Men and Galaxies 


【New words and expressions 生词和短语】
dispute v. 争夺
mosquito n. 蚊子 
subdue v. 征服
drainage n. 下水系统
envision n. 预想
Morocco n. 摩洛哥
latitude n. 纬度
heretic n. 异教徒,异端邪说
conceive v. 想像
suffice v. 足够
nuclear adj. 原子弹的
original adj.有独到见解的 

1.make a very poor show 出丑

① 争论
例句:The couple disputed where to spend the holiday.
例句:Now there was just one point on the boundary left to dispute.
The land near the border is disputed ground.
例句:The family wanted to dispute the will.

n. 争论, 争端, 争吵

点击查看大图argue, quarrel, debate, dispute, discuss, reason这些动词均含“辩论,争论,说理”之意。
argue: 指提出理由或证据为自己或自己一方的看法或立场辩护,着重说理、论证和企图说服。
quarrel: 指两人之间或两个团体之间不友好的、吵吵嚷嚷地大声争论某事,尤指“吵嘴、吵架”。
debate: 侧重指意见等对立的双方之间正式或公开的争辩。
dispute: 侧重对分歧进行激烈或热烈的争论或争辩,带一定感情色彩,常隐含“各持已见”或“争论不休”意味。
discuss: 最常用词,指就某一或某些问题表明观点、看法等,以便统一认识,解决问题。
reason: 指据理力争以说服对方或求得对问题作更深入的研究。

点击查看大图controversy, argument, conflict, debate, dispute, quarrel, strife这组名词均有“争执、不和”之意。
controversy: 侧重指深刻的意见分歧,多指对引起广泛兴趣或非常重要的问题的辨论。
argument: 指辩论双方均以事实或理由来说服对方的辨论。
conflict: 指双方坚持已见、互不妥协,怀有敌意的争论,多暗示分歧极为严重,有时用语言无法解决,只得诉诸武力。
debate: 通常指经过仔细组织和计划的个人或团体之间的辩论。
dispute: 普通用词,侧重指长时间,言词激烈,针锋相对的争辩。
quarrel: 普通用词,既可指言词激烈的争吵,也可指温和的言词上的不和。
strife: 指因不可缓和的矛盾而引起的争吵或斗殴。

3.I stand alone 仅我一人

4.The last creature to compete with man 其中的last有"极不可能的"的意思。

5.subdue v. 使服从, 压制, 减弱
例句:No one has been able to subdue these areas.
Soames made a tour of the room, to subdue his rising anger.


点击查看大图conquer, overcome, overthrow, defeat, beat, subdue 这些动词均含“征服,战胜”之意。
conquer: 侧重战胜和控制。书面用词。
overcome: 多指战胜或克服非物质的东西,如困难和不良习惯等。语气较弱也可指在斗争或竞争中战胜或压倒对方。
overthrow: 指彻底击败对手,使其丧失力量和地位。
defeat: 普通用词,多指在战争、比赛、竞选或辩论中战胜对手,侧重胜利的暂时性。
beat: 口笔语均可用,可与defeat换用。
subdue: 正式用词,与conquer同义,但强调失败后的臣服状态;也可用作借喻,表克制、压抑感情、欲望等。

6.envision vt. 想象, 设想
例句:I can't envision him doing such a terrible thing.
I cannot envision him as president.
They didn't envision any problems with the new building.

7.The Holy Office knew this full well when it caused heretics to be burned in days gone by. the Holy Office是指罗马天主教的宗教法庭;full well 中的full是副词,有very的意思;gone by 作days的定语,整个词组的意思是“过去的日子”。

8.inject v. 
例句:The nurse injected penicillin into her arm.
His medicine is a drug that can be injected or taken by mouth.
例句:His appointment may inject some new life into the committee.
例句:He injected new ideas into the discussion.

9. suffice v. 足够
例句:Two meals a day suffice an old man.
The rations will suffice until next week.
An hour should suffice for the journey.
The rules will suffice for all ordinary needs.

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