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TOTD 20 January 2003

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present...
so we must think anew and act anew.

-Abraham Lincoln

We think we know what we are doing. We have always thought so. We never seem to acknowledge that we have been wrong in the past, and so might be wrong in the future. Instead, each generation writes off earlier errors as the result of bad thinking by less able minds--and then confidently embarks on fresh errors of its own.

-Michael Crichton

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tragemorph
Jan. 20th, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
I must say, Michael Cichton is not an author I would have expected to find in your QOTD.
But now that I think about it, it certainly makes sense.

I was quite an avid reader of his novels when I was a teenager. He always has had this knack for creating gripping thrillers about situations arising from terrible errors in thought that were just slightly ahead of the bandwagon, whether it be about genetic engineering, biological weaponry, or sexual harassment laws.
kmo
Jan. 20th, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
Michael Crichton
The TOTD quote came from the introduction to Prey. It's about the intersection of incipient autonomous nanomachine swarms and corporate greed. I bought the book, but then I didn't read it right away. Lara read it first and liked it so much she then picked up used copies of Jurassic Park, the Lost World and Sphere and tour through them as well.
tragemorph
Jan. 20th, 2003 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Michael Crichton
oh yeah? is Prey a new one? i think i'll check it out, i'm curious about thouse since i played the game metal gear solid 2- which happened to be another place where i found transcendental art where i wasn't expecting it-

do check out Sphere if you have the time, it's a great read. i think you'd especially appreciate the Sphere as a metaphor for any number of things... especially the parts about what it is and where it came from, and how much we can know about that.
kmo
Jan. 20th, 2003 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Michael Crichton
I read Sphere not long after it was published. I seem to remember enjoying it.
greenegirl
Jan. 21st, 2003 06:27 am (UTC)
Michael Chrichton - writer, right?
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kmo
Jan. 21st, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC)
Michael Crichton
Yes. The quote comes from the introduction to his latest novel, Prey.

I had a look at your journal. I'm glad you got out.
greenegirl
Jan. 22nd, 2003 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Crichton; I'll look out for him
thanks!
its not my intention to dwell on negatives in this journal; just to let others see that it can be done
(but a little planning is sometimes needed; when I acted in the heat of desperation -about a year ago - I failed so miserably, that I considered suicide. The months in between have been a slog, but now I can say; here I am.)
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