SYSTEMIC STUFF ( + occasional nonsense ) IN THE NEWS . . . .
DECONSTRUCTED FOR POSSIBLE MUTUAL BENEFIT
A list of a very few of our favo(u)rite quotations:
( in no parfticular order )
“ most of science is actually part of the entertainment industry . . . in the end, the public pays the bills “
Prof. Steve Jones, University College London. ( speaking on BBC Radio 4 - March 2007 )
" It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into."
" [ in the end ] . . . freedom is cheaper than repression "
Desmond Tutu ( from a CNN interview Oct/07 - he was asked if he was optimistic for the future of Africa )
“ If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it ? “
" Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."
" I'm not afraid of being lost in a mysterious universe with no purpose, which is the way it is, possibly. It doesn't frighten me."
" There is no harm in doubt and scepticism, for it
is through these that new discoveries are made. "
" News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising."
“A university is a group of disparate departments united by a common interest in car parking “
" If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it "
" The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. "
" A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain. "
" A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. "
" Golf is a good walk spoiled. "
" Champagne is just sparkling white wine that knows somebody "
and here's some from our very own editor :
" A true medicine is a chemical which cures you even when you don't believe in it "
" There's no such thing as a leader ; just followers "
" When laying floor-tiles in a room which may not be perfectly rectangular, lay them diagonally "