Michael Crichton

(John Michael Crichton)

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A great many decisions just can’t be made with confidence because the data just doesn’t exist …. [however] just because we don’t have the information doesn’t mean that we can’t get it. Policy & Policy Making
An intellectual property worker will take copyright protection on everything he can get. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Any prediction of the future is certainly a lie in order to sell a position. Human Nature
Certainly today we are incredibly tolerant of untruth. Propaganda & Disinformation
I operate on the principle that the mass media will never be accurate. They never have been. When did yellow journalism begin? After all, their basic principle is, simplify and exaggerate. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I was asked to address a congressional caucus and told to keep it brief as congressmen have such short attention spans. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I’m opposed to passing laws based on phony science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don't know any better. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It’s a lot easier to be critical of something if you don’t know much about it. Slogans & Mottoes
It’s like a Stalinist show trial. The senators all get up and make their speeches and then leave. No one listens. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
John Chancellor said he could remember a time when arguments could be settled by government statistics. Today, nobody’s statistics can be trusted. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
One of the most powerful religions in the Western world is environmentalism. Environment & Environmentalism
People who worry about genetically modified food, a technology which has been tested and proven safe, talk to each other on cell phones which have not been tested and proven safe. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
People will spend vastly more to get what they regard as 100 percent safety than they will for 95 percent or 90 percent safety. It’s irrational of course. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Power protects power. Power
Religion to me really means ethical systems. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The patent office decided that genes can be patented. This is a fundamental error that looks more and more absurd over time…. Gene patenting is completely contrary to the public interest. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
There is more old growth forest today in California today than there was in 1850. The Indians had destroyed most of them. Environment & Environmentalism
There ought to be some form of fiction provided to the public other than that provided by Congress. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There ought to be some other form of fiction that is provided to the public besides that which comes from Congress. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have a class of welfare in America—lawyers and others who can't imagine how they would make a living without a monthly check from Chrysler, Toshiba or whatever. Welfare
We have a never sated appetite for self deception. Human Nature
We think that computer models represent reality especially if we developed the models. Management & Managing Government
When to prevent? When to adapt?" Noting that prevention tends to cost more and favors elites, while adaptation costs less and favors the average person… Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
With so much power, science will inevitably receive strong criticism. It comes with success. It’s entirely appropriate. Take it as a complement. And get over it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
Human beings never think for themselves; they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told - and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.
I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. Humor
I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood.
I want a news service that tells me what no one knows but is true nonetheless.
In the information society, nobody thinks. We expect to banish paper, but we actually banish thought. Society
It's not easy to cut through a human head with a hacksaw.
Readers probably haven't heard much about it yet, but they will. Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The American media produce a product of very poor quality. Its information is not reliable, it has too much chrome and glitz, its doors rattle, it breaks down almost immediately, and it's sold without warranty. It's flashy, but it's basically junk.
The belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief. Life ;Religion & God
The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their 'beliefs.' Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
They are focused on whether they can do something. They never think whether they should do something.
We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.
We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion.
Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.