In the twentieth century like-mindedness was an asset. But today the challenges that face society cannot be solved by one kind of intelligence.
Lee Smolin: I used to think that my job as a physicist was this kind of mystical transcendent undertaking to transcend the daily reality and experience of the world and discover this timeless representation of the world where the truth really was.
Francis Collins: we need to be prepared at any moment to defend the choices we’ve made as having had the best chance of benefiting real people out there who are counting on the NIH to use their money wisely.
What people often don’t tell you before you get to work is how important all of those things that aren’t part of our job description are.
Analytical thinking is not so hot at creating something that does not now exist. Intuitive thinking is not so hot at keeping the trains running. And so you need a combination of those two things.
We can’t restrict adult reading habits to what is fit for children. We’ll have nothing but Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood.
Science gets things right and it takes a long time and it takes a lot of chatter to get there.
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Someone is always getting killed. Someone is always getting assassinated. But there are also good things that happen in Afghanistan.
Businesses are reaching the limits of what they can squeeze out of a downsized workforce.
One of the markers of a fast growing company is you constantly have to reevaluate everything.
I don’t think we’ve conceptualized yet well enough how the brain gets its job done to abstract all of that activity in our brain into meaningful units to which we can then think about how to move those around to build a brain.
No wonder we only have a couple of kids, rather than 10 or 12.
Most families nowadays have no alternative but to allow their women, their daughters, wives and so forth to go out to the workforce.
Complexity theory is about adaptive systems that teeter on the edge of chaos.