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Born: 1930-08-01
Profession: Diplomat
Nation: American
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There's Hezbollah, there's Hamas, there is a whole range of terrorist targets out there related to Palestine and to Israel that we ought to be trying to deal with. And there's a great deal of targets in the Philippines, Indonesia. You name it, there are a number of places where there are targets that we ought to be trying to deal with.

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We must advertise to U.S. business that we are there, that our attitude has changed, and that we care. When we are asked to help, we have to perform and provide the right advice.

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What I can't quite see at this stage is that the evidence, even to the president, seems to be that clear. And if it is that clear, I can't understand why we are not capable of convincing our closest allies that given that evidence, they ought to join us in this effort.

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What is more important is that Foreign Service Officers understand business, about the needs of U.S. business and how to help U.S. companies make the right connections abroad.

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Any Ambassador or Foreign Service Officer who has his or her head screwed on right knows that the U.S. position in the world is far more dependent on our ability to compete in world markets.

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One nuclear war is going to be the last nuclear - the last war, frankly, if it really gets out of hand. And I just don't think we ought to be prepared to accept that sort of thing.

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The whole nuclear thing is a terrible mess and it's hard for me to understand why it is that we, the United States, seem to be the only ones that are really particularly concerned about it and prepared to do something.

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In the best of all worlds everyone in the Embassy is doing something to assist U.S. exports.

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My father was somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan.

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Now there is a cultural change under way in the Foreign Service.

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The consequence of a world full of nuclear powers to me is so incomprehensible in terms of the dangers that that implies.

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There are sometimes problems for which there is no immediate solution, and there are sometimes problems for which there is no solution.

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We have to spend a lot more time training people to be good advocates of U.S. business.

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And beyond that, the next issue is how do we guarantee one of these weapons, not necessarily this missile, but nuclear weapons ends up in the hands of Al Qaeda or some other terrorist group.

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I believe that sooner or later we're going to have to deal with Saddam Hussein, because of his general reputation, because of what I'm convinced he's done with regard to terrorism and the support thereof. But I'm not at all sure I believe that it has to be right now.

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I think what he's - what he believes, and he may be correct, I don't know, that we have some intelligence information that leads us to know some things about what's going on in Iraq that we haven't revealed to others.

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If we had made it clear from the very beginning that we were not going to tolerate another nuclear power on the face of the earth, and had done it in Korea, where we could have accomplished it militarily, if necessary, I would put a stop to it and would have put a stop to it there.

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In a time of constrained resources we will have to shift emphasis. but not necessarily from the traditional Political Officer to the traditional Economic Officer.

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My own view of this, by the way, is, if the war on terrorism is successful over time, in its own way it's going to box Saddam in in a way that's going to make it much more difficult for him to maintain his power, and that he's going to become increasingly isolated. I think that's going to take time.

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My point here is I think international pressures of our acting unilaterally again are going to be such that the administration will say, well, we just can't take this on now.

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Small- and medium-sized companies do not know what we have to offer and that needs to be changed. We must react just as strenuously on their behalf as we do for larger companies.

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Some day, somebody is going to have to start talking about what happens to us all a decade from now if we let these North Koreans and the Iranians go forward with their nuclear weapons program.

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That said, there is a tendency to help the large industrial conglomerate more quickly than the small company you have never heard of. That is something in the culture we are trying to change.

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The fact of the matter is that if we were going to do anything about Gaddafi, it should have been at the beginning. And by fooling around like this as long as we have, we have wasted an opportunity that would have gotten rid of him.

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The point is, once they have a missile that can hit the United States, we are now back in the kind of game we used to worry about with the Soviet Union, only the Soviet Union was more mature about this whole thing than I think the North Koreans will be.

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The question is not really about a shift to the economic cone where officers are writing about the balance of payments and the need for economic stabilization.

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The question really is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American business community. That is a much more difficult task than understanding a statistical matrix.

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There are a lot of other terrorist targets we ought to be focusing on. Well, there is Syria, for example, which is pumping through - because of Iran, is pumping weapons on into Hezbollah and so forth - which is then producing a lot of agony in Palestine and in Israel. We ought to be doing a bit to try to stop that.

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There is a natural partnership between State and Commerce, and the American business community to work together to educate the United States about marketing overseas.

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A typical neuron makes about ten thousand connections to neighboring neurons. Given the billions of neurons, this means there are as many connections in a single cubic centimeter of brain tissue as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

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I think what a life in science really teaches you is the vastness of our ignorance.

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Every week I get letters from people worldwide who feel that the possibilian point of view represents their understanding better than either religion or neo-atheism.

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I'm using the afterlife as a backdrop against which to explore the joys and complexities of being human - it turns out that it's a great lens with which to understand what matters to us.

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Neuroscience over the next 50 years is going to introduce things that are mind-blowing.

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I spent my adult life as a scientist, and science is, essentially, the most successful approach we have to try and understand the vast mysteries around.

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As an undergraduate I majored in British and American literature at Rice University.

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I always bounce my legs when I'm sitting.

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I think the first decade of this century is going to be remembered as a time of extremism.

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My dream is to reform the legal system over the next 20 years.

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My lab and academic work fill my day from about 9 am to 7 p.m. Then I zoom out the lens to work on my other writing.

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Part of the scientific temperament is this tolerance for holding multiple hypotheses in mind at the same time.

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People wouldn't even go into science unless there was something much bigger to be discovered, something that is transcendent.

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There are always wonderful mysteries to confront.

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There are an infinite number of boring things to do in science.

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We don't really understand most of what's happening in the cosmos. Is there any afterlife? Who knows.

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What we find is that our brains have colossal things happening in them all the time.

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Your brain is built of cells called neurons and glia - hundreds of billions of them. Each one of these cells is as complicated as a city.

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I know one lab that studies nicotine receptors and all the scientists are smokers, and another lab that studies impulse control and they're all overweight.

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The same stimuli in the world can be inducing very different experiences internally and it's probably based on a single change in a gene. What I am doing is pulling the gene forward and imaging and doing behavioural tests to understand what that difference is and how reality can be constructed so differently.

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The three-pound organ in your skull - with its pink consistency of Jell-o - is an alien kind of computational material. It is composed of miniaturized, self-configuring parts, and it vastly outstrips anything we've dreamt of building.

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What has always surprised me when I walk into a bookstore is the number of books that you can find that are written with certainty. The authors tell some story as though it's true, but they don't have any evidence that it is true!

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