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    The most dreadful thing of all is that many millions of people in the poor countries are going to starve to death before our eyes. We shall see them doing so upon our television sets.

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    This ability to incorporate the past gives the sharpest diagnostic tool, if one asks whether a body of knowledge is a science or not. Do present practitioners have to go back to an original work of the past? Or has it been incorporated? ... Science is cumulative, and embodies its past.

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    What will people of the future think of us? Will they say, as Roger Williams said of the Massachusetts Indians, that we were wolves with the minds of men? Will they think that we resigned our humanity? They will have the right.

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    By the year 2070 we cannot say, or it would be imbecile to do so, that any man alive could understand Shakespearean experience better than Shakespeare, whereas any decent eighteen-year-old student of physics will know more physics than Newton.

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    Two polar groups: at one pole we have the literary intellectuals, at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension.

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    Civilization is hideously fragile... there's not much between us and the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.

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    What we need to do is to humanize the scientist and simonize the humanist.

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    Zeroth law: You must play the game First law: You can't win Second law: You can't break even Third law: You can't quit the game.

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    When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.

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    The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.

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  11. Last Update: 19 May 2022

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