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Kim Stanley Robinson

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Quotes

The only part of an argument that really matters is what we think of the people arguing. X claims a, Y claims b. They make arguments to support their claims, with any number of points. But when their listeners remember the discussion, what matters is simply that X believes a and Y believes b. People then form their judgment on what they think of X and Y.
Anyway that’s a large part of what economics is - people arbitrarily, or as a matter of taste, assigning numerical values to non-numerical things. And then pretending that they haven't just made the numbers up, which they have.
...escape velocity was only fifty kilometers per hour, so it was almost possible to run right off the moon.
Ah, no, people like the idea of a flat universe because they find negatively curved space difficult to deal with.
Etymology was hard enough without translation thrown into the mix.
But there were different types of intelligence, and not all of them were subject to analytic testing. Sax had noticed this fact in his student years: that there were people who would score high on any intelligence test, and were very good at their work, but who at the same time could walk into a room of people and within an hour have many of the occupants of that room laughing at them, or even despising them.
But now he recalled Kuhn, asserting that scientists who used different paradigms existed in literally different worlds, epistemology being such an integral component of reality. Thus Aristoteleans simply did not see the Galilean pendulum, which to them was a body falling with some difficulty; and in general, scientists debating the relative merits of competing paradigms simply talked right through each other, using the same words to discuss different realities.
It was always quite obvious why people were advocating one program over another; you could look at people’s name tags and see their institutional affiliation, and predict what they were going to support or attack. To see science twisted so blatantly pained Sax a great deal, and it seemed to him that it distressed everyone there, even the ones doing it, which added to the general irritability and defensiveness. Everyone knew what was going on, and no one liked it, and yet no one would admit it.
Liberal democracy says that cultural tolerance is essential, but you don’t have to get very far away from liberal democracy for liberal democrats to get very intolerant.
The shape of the government they made reflects the distrust these groups had for each other.
I know, I know. But they’ll solve them. I mean you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a rocket scientist.

Books

# Year Title Role Series
1 1993 Red Mars Writer Mars Trilogy (1)
2 1994 Green Mars Writer Mars Trilogy (2)
3 1996 Blue Mars Writer Mars Trilogy (3)
4 1999 The Martians Writer Mars Trilogy (4)







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