Discovery, they believe, is inevitable. So they just try to do it first. That's the game in science.
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Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood.
They are focused on whether they can do something. They never think whether they should do something.
Discovery is always rape of the natural world. Always.
Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they're not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.
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It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
Don't bother me while I'm eating, or when I'm coming out of the crackhouse or something. Just let me get going.
Between the fear that something would happen and the hope that still it wouldn't, there is much more space than one thinks. On that narrow, hard, bare and dark space a lot of us spend their lives.