We Are Living Out the Consequences of Short-Term Thinking

Our problems have gotten worse and they’re getting worse faster and faster because that’s the nature of exponential growth.

When I was young, I was a lawyer at the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress that used to be the Science Advisory Office of the Congress, but it was abolished by Newt Gingrich, interestingly, in the Republican revolution of 1995. 

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The Social Responsibility of Scientists and Non-Scientists

I think it would be really good if nonscientists learned enough so they could come out and make these arguments for the scientists.  

Scientists are constantly worrying about whether they’re going to be taken seriously or not and whether they’re going to get tenure or not, and so forth.  There’s something wonderful about the way that scientists are extremely cautious.  And sometimes it’s frustrating to us nonscientists that they won’t just come out and say, this is what I believe, this matters, pay attention. 

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The New Order of the Universe

Half a percent of the universe is all we see - all the stars, the dust, the galaxies, everything - half a percent.  So what’s the rest? 

Half a percent of the universe is all we see - all the stars, the dust, the galaxies, everything - half a percent.  So what’s the rest?  The Dark Matter.

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Cosmology: The Key to Thinking Big for the Very Long-Term

We’re going to have to learn how to cooperate on a much wider scale around the work than we’ve ever done before.

We’re in the middle of a revolution in cosmology.  It’s every bit as important as the Copernican Revolution.  For the first time in human history, we have a picture of the universe, the whole universe that might actually be true.  And this is an opportunity for the human race. 

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