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|#2966||Two things are certain about science. It does not stand still for long,|
and it is never boring. Oh, among some poor souls, including even
intellectuals in fields of high scholarship, science is frequently
misperceived. Many see it as only a body of facts, promulgated from
on high in must, unintelligible textbooks, a collection of unchanging
precepts defended with authoritarian vigor. Others view it as nothing
but a cold, dry narrow, plodding, rule-bound process -- the scientific
method: hidebound, linear, and left brained.
These people are the victims of their own stereotypes. They are
destined to view the world of science with a set of blinders. They
know nothing of the tumult, cacophony, rambunctiousness, and
tendentiousness of the actual scientific process, let alone the
creativity, passion, and joy of discovery. And they are likely to
know little of the continual procession of new insights and discoveries
that every day, in some way, change our view (if not theirs) of the
-- Kendrick Frazier, "The Year in Science: An Overview," in
1988 Yearbook of Science and the Future, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
|#2967||"jackpot: you may have an unneccessary change record"|
-- message from "diff"
|#2968||"One lawyer can steal more than a hundred men with guns."|
-- The Godfather
|#2969||What's the difference between a computer salesman and a used car salesman?|
A used car salesman knows when he's lying.
|#2970||"Those who will be able to conquer software will be able to conquer the|
-- Tadahiro Sekimoto, president, NEC Corp.
|#2971||"There are some good people in it, but the orchestra as a whole is equivalent|
to a gang bent on destruction."
-- John Cage, composer
|#2972||"I believe the use of noise to make music will increase until we reach a|
music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make
available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard."
-- composer John Cage, 1937
|#2973||I did cancel one performance in Holland where they thought my music was so easy|
that they didn't rehearse at all. And so the first time when I found that out,
I rehearsed the orchestra myself in front of the audience of 3,000 people and
the next day I rehearsed through the second movement -- this was the piece
_Cheap Imitation_ -- and they then were ashamed. The Dutch people were ashamed
and they invited me to come to the Holland festival and they promised to
rehearse. And when I got to Amsterdam they had changed the orchestra, and
again, they hadn't rehearsed. So they were no more prepared the second time
than they had been the first. I gave them a lecture and told them to cancel
the performance; they then said over the radio that i had insisted on their
cancelling the performance because they were "insufficiently Zen."
Can you believe it?
-- composer John Cage, "Electronic Musician" magazine, March 88, pg. 89
|#2974||"One day I woke up and discovered that I was in love with tripe."|
-- Tom Anderson
|#2975||"Most people would like to be delivered from|
temptation but would like it to keep in touch."
-- Robert Orben
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