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Born: 1944-12-28
Profession: Scientist
Nation: American
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You make observations, write theories to fit them, try experiments to disprove the theories and, if you can't, you've got something.

Tags: Fit, Try, Write

Each of us have things and thoughts and descriptions of an amazing universe in our possession that kings in the 17th Century would have gone to war to possess.

Tags: Amazing, Thoughts, War

Here's a bunch of people practising a new set of behavioural norms. Apparently it didn't work because a lot of them got sick. That's the conclusion. You don't necessarily know why it happened. But you start there.

Tags: Sick, Why, Work

I've been writing about my boyhood, when I was a little kid back on my grandfather's farm where we didn't know about black widow spiders or all that stuff. But writing about that is so easy.

Tags: Black, Easy, Writing

In the 1950s in Columbia, South Carolina, it was considered OK for kids to play with weird things. We could go to the hardware store and buy 100 feet of dynamite fuse.

Tags: Feet, Kids, Weird

People don't realize that molecules themselves are somewhat hypothetical, and that their interactions are more so, and that the biological reactions are even more so.

Tags: Biological, Realize, Themselves

We were fortunate to have the Russians as our childhood enemies. We practiced hiding under our desks in case they had the temerity to drop a nuclear weapon.

Tags: Childhood, Hiding, Nuclear

Science grows like a weed every year.

Tags: Science, Weed, Year

Scientists are doing an awful lot of damage to the world in the name of helping it. I don't mind attacking my own fraternity because I am ashamed of it.

Tags: Helping, Mind, Name

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.

Tags: Art, Fashion, Subject

Science consistently produces a new crop of miraculous truths and dazzling devices every year.

Tags: Science, Truths, Year

Do we care about these people that are HIV-positive whose lives have been ruined? Those are the people I'm the most concerned about. Every night I think about this.

Tags: Care, Lives, Night

I can say exactly what I feel about any issue, and I'm going to do that.

Tags: Exactly, Issue

I like writing about biology, not doing it.

Tags: Biology, Writing

I love a microphone and a big crowd; I'm an entertainer, I guess.

Tags: Big, Guess, Love

I'm not driven by being understood.

Tags: Driven, Understood

I'm not politically correct.

Tags: Correct

I'm really optimistic in the mornings.

Tags: Mornings, Optimistic

If reincarnation is a useful biological idea it is certain that somewhere in the universe it will happen.

Tags: Happen, Idea, Universe

It's not blaming the victim. It's not anybody's fault. They just did something that didn't work, that's all.

Tags: Anybody, Fault, Work

Law shuttles between freeing us and enslaving us.

Tags: Between, Freeing, Law

My mother would give my brothers and me a pile of catalogues and let us pick what we wanted for Christmas.

Tags: Give, Mother

PCR made it easier to see that certain people are infected with HIV.

Tags: Easier, Hiv, Infected

People realize this man knows what the hell's going on and nobody else does.

Tags: Else, Hell, Realize

Religion is inwardly focused and driven only to sustain itself.

Tags: Driven, Focused, Religion

Science has not been successful by making up explanations of things that fit with the current social fabric.

Tags: Making, Science, Successful
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Sometimes in the morning, when it's a good surf, I go out there, and I don't feel like it's a bad world.

Tags: Bad, Good, Morning

The horror of it is, every goddamn thing you look at seems pretty scary to me.

Tags: Horror, Pretty, Seems

The mystery of that damn virus has been generated by the $2 billion a year they spend on it.

Tags: Mystery, Spend, Year

They can't pooh-pooh me now, because of who I am.

Tags: Creative, Desire, Scientific

You can't ask your pharmacist to stock larger quantities of potassium nitrate because you want to make a bigger rocket.

Tags: Ask, Bigger, Pharmacist
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