Being raised nonreligious made you free. You could look at the evidence. Whether being nonreligious or a Democrat was more important, I can't tell you.
Biology has at least fifty more interesting years.
Do things as soon as you can. If a decision needs to be made, make it. It gives you more time to change your mind.
I don't think we're for anything, we're just products of evolution. You can say 'Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose' but I'm anticipating a good lunch.
If we don't play God, who will?
If you can't be criticized, that's very dangerous.
If you could make people with ten-point-higher IQs, we'd probably have fewer wars.
It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant.
Knowing 'why' (an idea) is more important than learning 'what' (the fact).
Never be the brightest person in the room.
Never do anything that bores you.
Never postpone experiments that have clearly defined future benefits for fear of dangers that can't be quantified. Though it may sound at first uncaring, we can react rationally only to real (as opposed to hypothetical) risks.
Never retire. Your brain needs exercise or it will atrophy
New ideas require new facts.
No one may have the guts to say this, but if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we?
One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.
People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great.
Science is no stranger to controversy. The pursuit of discovery, of knowledge, is often uncomfortable and disconcerting.
Science moves with the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty.
Some people do busywork because they think it's better than doing nothing. I would rather do nothing than do something that need not be done.
The brain boggles the mind.
The brain is the last and grandest biological frontier, the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.
The nations of the world must see that the human genome belongs to the world's people, as opposed to its nations.
The thought that some people are innately wicked disturbs me. But science is not here to make us feel good. It is to answer questions in the service of knowledge and greater understanding.
There is only one science, physics: everything else is social work.
To have success in science, you need some luck. But to succeed in science, you need a lot more than luck.
To make a huge success, a scientist must be prepared to get into deep trouble.
To succeed in science, you have to avoid dumb people.
Whenever you interview fat people, you feel bad, because you know you're not going to hire them.
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