At Vassar’s 122nd commencement, speaker Garry B. Trudeau, creator of the popular Doonesbury comic strip, encouraged Vassar students to question the Strategic Defense Initiative, called “Star Wars.” “Science,” Trudeau said, “since it leads to knowledge, has all too frequently led its practitioners to believe that it is inherently self-justifying, that there is nothing dangerous about splitting atoms in a vacuum.”  The national lack of informed skepticism, Trudeau suggested, began with President Reagan himself, who, since taking office, had “as far as we know read no books except two Westerns he scanned when recovering from gunshot wounds.”      The New York Times