Quotes

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Kroto
“Scientists have a responsibility, or at least I feel I have a responsibility, to ensure that what I do is for the benefit of the human race. It is important that we try to point out facts to help those in power to make decisions. Unfortunately, this is not often the case. Although knowledge cannot guarantee good decisions, common sense suggests that wisdom is an unlikely consequence of ignorance.”

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“The humanitarian philosophies that have been developed (sometimes under some religious banner and invariably in the face of religious opposition) are human inventions, as the name implies – and our species deserves the credit. I am a devout atheist – nothing else makes any sense to me and I must admit to being bewildered by those, who in the face of what appears so obvious, still believe in a mystical creator.”

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Freethinkers’ Forum article in Tallahassee Democrat, March 10, 2011
An education in science, “The Method for Recognizing Truth”, inculcates an intrinsic attitude of confronting every issue regardless of the specific domain of significance, with the question: Is it true and how can one decide?

Freethinkers’ Forum article article in Tallahassee Democrat, March 10, 2011

I call it my “4-Out-of-5 Rule”: If one makes a new observation or is presented with a concept claimed to be true, or one has a hypothesis, then carry out experiments to validate (or otherwise) the claim or hypothesis. If 4 tests out of 5 fit, the claim or hypothesis is almost certainly true and one has a “true” theory, indeed a law or a fact.

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http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/harry-kroto/173185.article

“Some time later, I found a parallel in what was, at the time, my favourite magazine, the old Radio Times , which is now illustrated by unimaginative spotty halftone photos. In earlier times, it carried superb black-and-white images, which I so loved and collected. Among those images was a headline advertising the next episode in a kung fu series. I still have the cutting; it proclaimed in Celtic font: “I seek not the answer – but to understand the question.” Dammit, Confucius got there first – but at least I know more quantum mechanics than he did.”

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Why play at play, I thought, when you could play at work?

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There are serious problems confronting society and a “humanitarian” God would not have allowed the unaccountable atrocities carried out in the name of any philosophy, religious or otherwise, to happen to anyone let alone to his/her/its chosen people.”

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http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1996/kroto-bio.html

At one time I remember wanting to be Wimbledon champion but decided this goal was going to be a bit hard as I seemed to be having too much difficulty winning.

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Nobel bio

There are as many ways to do science as there are scientists and thus when funds are scarce good scientists have to be supported even if they do not know where their studies are leading.

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Nobel bio
My advice is to do something which interests you or which you enjoy (although I am not sure of the definition of enjoyment) and do it to the absolute best of your ability. If it interests you, no matter how mundane it might seem on the surface, still explore it because something unexpected often turns up when you least expect it.

http://thelittlebook.blogs.fi/2011/02/19/some-people-think-that-science-is-just-all-this-technology-10633746/

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