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25A Space Traveler’s Puzzle

Nuclear weapons are psychological weapons whose purpose is not to be employed, but to maintain a permanent state of mind: terror in the adversary. The target is someone’s mind.—JONATHAN SCHELL

THE CHARGED EVENTS in Oslo filled me with contradictory emotions. My mother, a frail little old lady, was unexpectedly suffused with youthful energy. She insisted on participating in the packed schedule of events. She entered a chauffeured limousine as though it were a usual means of conveyance. She was not fazed by klieg lights or press interviews. She emanated equanimity, culture, and sound judgment, holding her head high with a dignity befitting royalty. She impressed people with her spunk and proud demeanor.

Yet her ...

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