What is … important is that we – number one: Learn to live with each other. Number two: try to bring out the best in each other.
Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.
A good parent gives their child roots and wings.
The people – could you patent the sun ?
It is said to await certainty is to await eternity.
As a bio-philosopher – as someone who draws upon the scriptures of nature, recognizing that we are the product of the process of evolution, and in a sense, we have become the process itself – through the emergence and evolution of our consciousness, our awareness, our capacity to imagine and to anticipate the future and to choose from amongst alternatives.
I look upon ourselves as partners in all of this, and that each of us contributes and does what he can do best. And so I see not a top rung and a bottom rung – I see all this horizontally – and I see this as part of a matrix. And I see every human being as having a purpose, a destiny, if you like – the destiny that exists in each of us – and find ways and means to provide such opportunities for everyone.
This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man – if man is not enslaved by it.
What is … important is that we — number one: Learn to live with each other. Number two: try to bring out the best in each other. The best from the best, and the best from those who, perhaps, might not have the same endowment. And so this bespeaks an entirely different philosophy — a different way of life — a different kind of relationship — where the object is not to put down the other, but to raise up the other.
Nothing happens quite by chance. It’s a question of accretion of information and experience.
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do.
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
It is possible to create an epidemic of health which is self-organizing and self-propelling.
I have come to recognize evolution not only as an active process that I am experiencing at the time, but as something I can guide by the choices I make.
I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would. Scientists function in the same way. I see all these as creative activities, as all part of the process of discovery. Perhaps that’s one of the characteristics of what I call the evolvers, any subset of the population who keep things moving in a positive, creative, constructive way, revealing the truth and beauty that exists in life and in nature.
Charlotte’s Web Life is magic, the way nature works seems to be quite magical.
When things get bad enough, then something happens to correct the course. And it’s for that reason that I speak about evolution as an error-making and an error-correcting process. And if we can be ever so much better – ever so much slightly better – at error correcting than at error making, then we’ll make it.
I speak about universal evolution and teleological evolution, because I think the process of evolution reflects the wisdom of nature. I see the need for wisdom to become operative. We need to try to put all of these things together in what I call an evolutionary philosophy of our time.
If all insects disappeared, all life on earth would perish. If all humans disappeared, all life on earth would flourish.
There is no such thing as failure, there’s just giving up too soon.
When you inoculate children with a polio vaccine, you don’t sleep well for two or three months.
I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.
My job is to help people see what I see. If it’s of value, fine. And, if it’s not of value, then at least I’ve done what I can do.
Now, some people might look at something and let it go by, because they don’t recognize the pattern and the significance. It’s the sensitivity to pattern recognition that seems to me to be of great importance. It’s a matter of being able to find meaning, whether it’s positive or negative, in whatever you encounter. It’s like a journey. It’s like finding the paths that will allow you to go forward, or that path that has a block that tells you to start over again or do something else.
It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.
Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it.
You can have a team of unconventional thinkers, as well as conventional thinkers. If you don’t have the support of others you cannot achieve anything altogether on your own. It’s like a cry in the wilderness. In each instance there were others who could see the same thing, and there were others who could not. It’s an obvious difference we see in those who you might say have a bird’s eye view, and those who have a worm’s eye view. I’ve come to realize that we all have a different mind set, we all see things differently, and that’s what the human condition is really all about.
[Who owns the patent on this vaccine?] Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human, the human side of nature, if you like, and I continue to be interested in that. That’s what motivates me.
Solutions come through evolution. They come through asking the right questions, because the answers pre-exist. It is the questions that we must define and discover. You don’t invent the answer-you reveal the answer.
One of the greatest rewards for doing can be the chances it gives to do some more – even better.
When I worked on the polio vaccine, I had a theory. I guided each [experiment] by imagining myself in the phenomenon in which I was interested. The intuitive realm . . . the realm of the imagination guides my thinking.
If humankind would accept and acknowledge this responsibility and become creatively engaged in the process of evolution, consciously as well as unconsciously, a new reality would emerge, and a new age could be born.
I’m saying that we should trust our intuition. I believe that the principles of universal evolution are revealed to us through intuition. And I think that if we combine our intuition and our reason, we can respond in an evolutionary sound way to our problems.
I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience.