Eyes Wide Open: Scanning the Literature

Fred Bernard Wood was an avid reader for his entire student and adult life. Even in his junior and senior high school years, Fred Bernard read broadly the literature within and outside of his school classes. This trend continued into his undergraduate years at the University of California at Berkeley. Fred Bernard majored in electrical engineering, a demanding curriculum that did not allow much room for electives in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities. He compensated for this limitation by reading broadly on his own the so-called soft science literature. Even in these formative years, his interests in the full spectrum of science, technology, and society were reflected in his readings habits.

If spending is an indicator of priorities, then journal and newsletter subscriptions were a high priority for Fred Bernard Wood. His annual personal operating budget always had a category for subscriptions, as well as for book purchases. Even in his later years when money got tight, he protected his subscriptions as much as possible. Journals and newsletters, and books, were key parts of his information lifeline that he felt were essential to keeping his eyes wide open about tracking and understanding local, national, and global trends.

Fred Bernard’s main sources of literature included journals or newsletters associated with organizations in which he maintained membership, and from groups and organizations advocating issues that he identified with. The topics reflected the wide range of his interests, and included science, engineering, sociology, climate and environment, peace, religion and spirituality, and futurology.

A sampling of the journals and newsletters that he read regularly is illustrated below. For each publication, the front cover of a typical issue is shown (click on each thumbnail for a full-sized image), along with a link to the publication’s web site if available, for those publications still active.


Science and Engineering Publications

Fred Bernard maintained a lifelong membership in several science and engineering organizations that have regular publications.

IEEE Transactions on Information IEEE Transactions on Systems Journal of Cybernetics Systems Research Science Physics Today Simulation
FASThe Bulletincpsr://palo-alto Science for the People Professional Engineer The Sciences Science News

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
American Society for Cybernetics, Journal of Cybernetics and Information Science
International Federation of Systems Research, Systems Research and Behavioral Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science
American Physical Society, Physics Today
Society for Computer Simulation, Simulation
Federation of American Scientists, FAS Public Interest Report
Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, "cpsr://palo-alto"
Science for the People
National Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineer
The New York Academy of Sciences, The Sciences
Society for Science and the Public, Science News


Social Sciences

Fred Bernard viewed the social sciences as a key component of understanding the social impacts of science and engineering. He was especially attuned to papers and theories of social change and transformation, as well as writings on overall societal trends in the US and globally.

American Scholar The Progressive Intelligencer International Social Science Journal Mother Jones Alternative Therapies
Impact of Science on Society Fellowship FOR Witness MENSA Bulletin The Center Magazine Townsend Letter

Phi Beta Kappa, American Scholar
The Progressive
San Francisco Regional MENSA, Intelligencer
United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Social Science Journal
Mother Jones
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Impact of Science on Society
 Fellowship of Reconciliation, Fellowship, and FOR Witness,
 American Mensa Committee, MENSA Bulletin
Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, The Center Magazine
Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine


Futures Studies

Fred Bernard viewed the physical and social sciences with a very open mind, and subscribed to various futurist and alternative thought publications. These types of publications included numerous articles on future projections, scenarios, and impacts of the use of science, technology, and engineering.

The Futurist Yes Solar Today Nexus Atlantis Rising Infinite Energy

World Future Society, The Futurist
Positive Futures Network, Yes! a journal of positive futures
American Solar Energy Society, Solar Today
Nexus: New Times Magazine
Atlantis Rising
New Energy Foundation, Infinite Energy


Spirituality and Science

Fred Bernard was a life time member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and attended Unitarian churches or fellowships in Boston, MA, Berkeley and San Jose, CA, and Flagstaff, AZ. The UUA philosophy is consistent with his own. The UUA generally offers an open minded, flexible, and progressive approach to religious and spiritual philosophy. This provided Fred Bernard with a supportive environment for his efforts to link science and engineering with social and religious concerns.

UU World The Peaks Shift Science & Spirit Zygon IRAS Newsletter

Unitarian Universalist Association, UU World
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Flagstaff, The Peaks
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Shift
Science & Spirit
Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science
Science of Mind
Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, Inc., IRAS Newsletter