So what is this mind of ours: what are these atoms with consciousness? Last week’s
potatoes! -- Richard Feyman, 'The Value of Science'
Scientific knowledge is an enabling power to do
either good or bad - but it does not carry instructions on how to use it.
-- Richard Feyman, 'The Value of Science'
"In another sense, everything is the ruin of what came before. A table is the ruin of a tree... and anything made of metal requires earth upheaval and ore extraction on a scale of extraordinary disproportion to the resultant product." — Rebecca Solnit, "The Ruins of Memory" 2006
"You either pay a lawyer to defend your fair use rights or pay a lawyer to track down permissions so you don’t have to rely upon fair use rights. Either way, the creative process is a process of paying lawyers—again a privilege, or perhaps a curse, reserved for the few." -- Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture (2004)
"From the outset, the now legendary and in some respects genuinely admirable reconstruction of the country after the devastation wrought by Germany's wartime enemies, a reconstruction tantamount to a second liquidation in successive phases of the nation's own past history, prohibited any look backward. It did so through the sheer amount of labor required and the creation of a new, faceless reality, pointing the population exclusively towards the future and enjoining on it silence about the past." -- W.G. Sebald, "On the Natural History of Destruction"