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Cosmic Quote #97: R.I.P. Ursula Le Guin

“There are no right answers to wrong questions.”–Ursula K. Le Guin

Photo© Marian Wood Kolisch

I only ever read a single Ursula Le Guin book.  But it was the only one I ever really needed.  The Lathe of Heaven remains–now and forever–my favorite Science Fiction novel of all time.  It is must reading for anyone seriously interested in how things interact in our complex world, and what that might mean for our future.  Systems thinking, unintended consequences, and “think globally, act locally,” resound as themes throughout.  Read it.

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Cosmic Quote #96

“One human data is worth a billion mice.”–Bioviva CEO, Elizabeth Parrish**

So what about goldfish data?  And don’t even ask about the mice’s point of view on human data.  All they care about is the cheese.

**Don’t look for this quote anywhere else on the internet–yet.  It comes directly from my interview with Parrish that will air on the next Seeking Delphi™ podcast, and appear in the March issue of Age of Robots.

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Cosmic Quotes #95

“Ring out the false; ring in the true.”–Alfred Lord Tennyson

Happy belated New Year.  Let your resolution be to ring in the true.  I’ll take care of the rest.

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Cosmic Quote #94

“Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.”–Gary Allan

Santa would never dare mess with my lawyer.  And I had naughty nailed decades ago.  Naughty or nice, enjoy the holiday season.  In a few days, we return to reality.

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Cosmic Quote #93

“We view ourselves as separate from the cosmos, and separate from each other. The truth is, we are a continuum.  One line of code in an enormously  complex computational system.”–Gray Scott

 

Let’s just hope that code isn’t corrupt.  I have my doubts.

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Cosmic Quote #92

“I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don’t let anyone tell you different.”–Kurt Vonnegut

I always knew Kurt Vonnegut was a class guy.  As for the kid in the cartoon? I think that’s an 8-year-old Benny Hill.

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Cosmic Quote #91

“Have you ever noticed you never get laid on Thanksgiving? I think it’s because all the coats are on the bed.”–George Carlin

Or in my house, because all our dogs are on the bed.  Drive safely and enjoy your turkey.

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Cosmic Quote #90

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”–Woody Allen

On the other hand, if you’re failing all the time, it’s a sign you’ll probably get re-elected.  And they say banker’s hours are easy.

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Cosmic Quote #89

“This you may say of man –   having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.” –John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”–boilerplate investment disclaimer

The last time I took a half step back, I tripped over the lawn sprinkler and almost sprained an ankle.  But I managed to recover.  As for the current state of Western society, I’m not so sure that past performance will save us.  For deeper analysis of what all of this means for the future, visit my other blog (and podcast) at Seeking Delphi.™

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Cosmic Quote #88

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”–George Burns

‘Ol George, ever the straight man.  If I could only live to 100, like him, there’d be plenty of future to look forward to.  Too bad so many people are looking to relive the past. Believe me, it wasn’t as good as they think it was.

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