I'm an inveterate fox and not a hedgehog, so I always think you should try everything.
The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false.
Two people have been really liberating in my mind; one is Wittgenstein and the other is Burke. I read Burke before he was a secular saint, before everyone was reading him.
I never leave a sentence or a paragraph until I'm satisfied with it.
I don't think things are moving toward an omega point; I think they're moving toward more diversity.
I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now.
The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.
We're getting closer to our nature.
I don't have the notion that everybody has to write in some single academic style.
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