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Born: 1916-06-15
Profession: Scientist
Nation: American
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What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

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Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.

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Learning is any change in a system that produces a more or less permanent change in its capacity for adapting to its environment.

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Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.

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There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes.

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One finds limits by pushing them.

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Human knowledge has been changing from the word go and people in certain respects behave more rationally than they did when they didn't have it. They spend less time doing rain dances and more time seeding clouds.

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All correct reasoning is a grand system of tautologies, but only God can make direct use of that fact.

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The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be - how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function.

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Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature.

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Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.

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The proper study of mankind is the science of design.

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Forget about Nobel prizes; they aren't really very important.

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I don't care how big and fast computers are, they're not as big and fast as the world.

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In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program; all else is prophecy.

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Maybe we ought to have a world in which things are divided between people kind of fairly.

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No one has characterized market mechanisms better than Friedrich von Hayek.

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One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it.

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The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring - but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it.

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Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.

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Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves.

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The social sciences, I thought, needed the same kind of rigor and the same mathematical underpinnings that had made the 'hard' sciences so brilliantly successful.

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Comic art is just different. It's art on its own terms.

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In the 1950s we use to feel that television was taking away our comic readership; with today's exciting, powerfully visual movies I have to wonder about their effect on the kids' loyalty to the comic book medium all over again.

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To look back and know that I have had a pivotal role in the development of comics is something I'm very proud of, although it's not something I think about unless someone brings it up.

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When I and the other young artists were working in comics, our work carried with it a particularly American slant. After all, we were Americans drawing and writing about things that touched us. As it turned out, the early work was, you might say, a comic book version of Jazz.

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Which editor? I can't think of one editor I worked with as an editor. The various companies did have editors but we always acted as our own editor, so the question has no answer.

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Activating oxygen can produce compounds called radicals that put oxidative stress on cells. Such stress could ultimately lead to cancer and other diseases.

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Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant.

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Like springs, adaptations can only go downhill.

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Michael Taylor is not being executed for homicide. Michael Taylor is being executed for raping a white female.

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People are looking around. They are looking to do something with their time and money. The question is, what?

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We like to be the largest outside investor, and the first outside investor.

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