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When all is said and done, science actually takes hard work and a willingness to sometimes find out that your most cherished hypothesis is wrong.
In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to whom the idea first occurs.
When I was younger I wanted to be a big movie star who'd get to be funny on talk shows and then I wanted to retire and write science fiction.
I meant exactly what I said: that we are saddled with a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science.
My background was computer science and business school, so eventually I worked my way up where I was running product groups - development, testing, marketing, user education.
The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.
John B. S. Haldane
We tried war, we tried aggression, we tried intervention. None of it works. Why don't we try peace, as a science of human relations, not as some vague notion - as everyday work.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies.
I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.
There's two tiers of science fiction: the McDonalds sci-fi like Star Trek, where they have an adventure and solve it before the last commercial, and there are books that once you've read, you never look at the world the same way again.
The science can tell you that the thousands of pseudo-scientific parenting books out there - not to mention the 'Baby Einstein' DVDs and the flash cards and the brain-boosting toys - won't do a thing to make your baby smarter. That's largely because babies are already as smart as they can be; smarter than we are in some ways.
People wouldn't even go into science unless there was something much bigger to be discovered, something that is transcendent.
My mother was a teacher, and when she wanted to show me art and literature and science, she'd take me to museums, parks and free exhibitions.
I think a lot of people are frightened of technology and frightened of change, and the way to deal with something you're frightened of is to make fun of it. That's why science fiction fans are dismissed as geeks and nerds.
I wanted to have a political career. I thought studying political science would be the best way to achieve it.
Comparing science and religion isn't like comparing apples and oranges - it's more like apples and sewing machines.
One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics.
I felt that chess... is a science in the form of a game... I consider myself a scientist. I wanted to be treated like a scientist.
In general, the public knowledge base and thus decision-making behaviors are far more influenced by advertisement than with current science.
The origin of life is one of the great outstanding mysteries of science.
One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war.
I have a fondness for historical fiction, something wondrous like 'Wolf Hall,' but I'll read most anything as long as the story grabs my mind or my heart, and preferably both. You would be hard pressed, however, to find science fiction on my shelves.
Sue Monk Kidd
Sometimes people talk about conflict between humans and machines, and you can see that in a lot of science fiction. But the machines we're creating are not some invasion from Mars. We create these tools to expand our own reach.
From all this it follows what the general character of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is, in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself.
Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
John Charles Polanyi
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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