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Jack McDevitt


American science fiction author.
Jack McDevitt
“Technology is dangerous.”
“How do you mean?”
“It can provide horrendous weapons to idiots.”
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Idiots are not responsible for what they do. The real guilt falls on rational people who sit on their hands while the morons run wild. You can opt out if you want to. Play it safe. But if you do, don’t complain when the roof comes down.
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There is no justice. There are occasional acts of vengeance, or regret, but there’s no real justice. In the natural scheme of things, it is not possible.




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He objected on principle to the powerful.
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Embrace your life, find what it is that you love, and pursue it with all your soul. For if you do not, when you come to die, you will find that you have not lived.
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Maybe the universe doesn’t approve of places like New York.
Jack McDevitt
MacAllister wasn’t always right, but he was smart enough to know that. He was willing to change his mind when the evidence pointed in a different direction. That fact alone put MacAllister very nearly in a class by himself.
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Few of the virtues are really useful. Fidelity leads to lost opportunity, truth-telling to injured feelings, charity to additional solicitations. The least productive, and possibly the most overrated, is faith. The faithful deny reason, close their minds to the evidence of their senses, and remain unfailingly optimistic in the face of disaster. They inevitably get just what they deserve.
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Freedom and idiots make a volatile mix. And the sad truth is that the idiocy quotient in the general population is alarmingly high.
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“We are not a debating club,” Franklin said. “Our goal is to get at the truth, where that is possible.”
Jack McDevitt
Show me what a people admire, and I will tell you everything about them that matters.




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We can create the appearance of knowledge, the illusion of knowing how to grapple with a problem. Far too many educational systems have done exactly that. The result is generations of mouthpieces who can pour forth approved responses to programmed stimuli that contribute nothing to rational discussion. Dogma is for those who only wish to be comfortable. Catechisms are for cowards; commandments, for control freaks who have so little respect for their species that they are driven to appeal to a higher power to keep everyone in line.
Jack McDevitt
Katie commented that Americans had lost the ability to enjoy themselves.
“We watch television,” Dave said.
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The problem is that too often the only people who can act don’t want change. Power doesn’t so much corrupt as it breeds conservatism.
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The cultures we can look at had already grasped the essential unity of nature. No board of gods can survive that knowledge.
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The reality is, we don’t want our kids to be smart. We want them to be like us. Only more so.
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The invention of the printing press probably marks the beginning of the decline of civilization. Once you have it, science follows close behind. Next thing you know the idiots have better weaponry. Then atom bombs. Meantime, social organization becomes increasingly dependent on technology, which becomes increasingly vulnerable to error or sabotage. If we can judge by our own experience, it looks as if you get the printing press, then about a thousand years. After that it’s back to the trees.
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It is not faith per se that creates the problem; it is conviction, the notion that one cannot be wrong, that opposing views are necessarily invalid and may even be intolerable.
Jack McDevitt
During his sixty-odd years, he had found there were as many louts in the patrician classes as there were ignoramuses farther down the social spectrum.
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He was a decent enough guy, but he was always at his worst when he was trying to be sincere.


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