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Rudy Rucker Quotes and Sayings

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Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker

Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot,
play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction.
- Rudy Rucker

One of the nice things about science fiction is that
it lets us carry out thought experiments.
- Rudy Rucker

I like a book better if I can't predict what's going to happen.
- Rudy Rucker

 

It's tedious to watch something very obvious being worked out,
like a movie that's not particularly good and after
about half an hour you know how it's going to end.
- Rudy Rucker

If all else fails, there's always print or web zines.
- Rudy Rucker

In any case, A New Kind of Science is a wonderful book,
and I'm still absorbing its teachings.
- Rudy Rucker

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The hard fact is that not everyone does get published.
- Rudy Rucker

If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations,
the study of computer science can tell us about the
kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
- Rudy Rucker

All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably
do things that are much more complex than one might have expected.
- Rudy Rucker

A computation is a process that obeys finitely describable rules.
- Rudy Rucker

Electronic distribution is more of a fall-back strategy
for putting out a book that isn't deemed profitable enough to print.
You hardly make any money publishing an electronic book.
- Rudy Rucker

Computations are everywhere, once you begin to look
at things in a certain way.
- Rudy Rucker

I think dry nanotechnology is probably a dead-end.
- Rudy Rucker

I like to do things that are surprising and different.
- Rudy Rucker

But how does it feel to plug into a system that's say,
a million times as smart as a person.
- Rudy Rucker

Unfortunately our nation, nay, our world,
is run by evil morons.
- Rudy Rucker

Advice to beginning SF writers? Write a lot,
finish what you write, and when it's done,
keep sending it out for quite awhile.
- Rudy Rucker

Lately I've been working to convince myself that everything is a computation.
- Rudy Rucker

It's soothing to realize that my mind's processes are
inherently uncontrollable.
- Rudy Rucker

Selling a book or story has never become absolutely automatic for me.
- Rudy Rucker

Now, being a science fiction writer,
when I see a natural principle,
I wonder if it could fail.
- Rudy Rucker

Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts.
- Rudy Rucker

At present, however, I don't think the Net is a very good medium for books,
books should really be inexpensive lightweight paperbacks you can bang around.
- Rudy Rucker

If you think of your life as a kind of computation,
it's quite abundantly clear that there's not going
to be a final answer and there won't be anything particularly
wonderful about having the computation halt!
- Rudy Rucker

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
- Grace Hopper

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

"Uncertainty" is NOT "I don't know."
It is "I can't know."
"I am uncertain" does not mean "I could be certain."
- Wener Karl Heisenberg

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

Anthropology was the science that gave her the platform from which she surveyed,
scolded and beamed at the world.
- Jane Howard

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
- Edward Teller

In all science, error precedes the truth,
and it is better it should go first than last.
- Hugh Walpole

The nineteenth century believed in science but the
twentieth century does not.
- Gertrude Stein

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

There is a single light of science, and to brighten
it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
- Isaac Asimov

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov

The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science merely quantifies and documents
the relationships among miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction
because of the variety of factors in operation,
not because of any lack of order in nature.
- Albert Einstein

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
- Carl Sagan

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question
"How?" but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "Why?"
- Erwin Chargaff

Science is simply common sense at its best,
that is, rigidly accurate in observation,
and merciless to fallacy in logic.
- Thomas Huxley

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
- John Dewey

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods;
and that is,
the sincere desire to find out the truth,
whatever it may be.
- Charles Pierce

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
- Jean Rostand

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing
his decision on stem cell research.
He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution.
- Jay Leno

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

Most people say that is it is the intellect
which makes a great scientist.
They are wrong: it is character.
- Albert Einstein

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and
the ideas of those facts in human heads.
- George Santayana

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Wernher von Braun

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.
The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
- Robert Quillen

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer


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