June 25: Physicists

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June 25

Every valuable human being must be a radical and a rebel, for what he must aim at is to make things better than they are.
~Niels Bohr, as quoted in The World of the Atom (1966) by Henry Abraham Boorse and Lloyd Motz, p. 741

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Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.
~Niels Bohr, as quoted in The Genius of Science: A Portrait Gallery (2000) by Abraham Pais, p. 24

June 24: Presidents

June 24

I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
~Thomas Jefferson

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd United States President

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
~John F. Kennedy, 35th United States President

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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June 23: Songs and Poems

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June 23
Songs and Poems

A wanderer is man from his birth
He was born in a ship
On the breast of the river of Time;
Brimming with wonder and joy
He spreads out his arms to the light,
Rivets his gaze on the banks of the stream.
~Matthew Arnold, from “The Future”

The Future
The future: time’s excuse
to frighten us; too vast
a project, too large a morsel
for the heart’s mouth.
Future, who won’t wait for you?
Everyone is going there.
It suffices you to deepen
the absence that we are.
~Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Future,” translated by A. Poulin. René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (1875−1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language.


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June 22: Humor

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June 22


Crater: The heroic captain and the intrepid doctor cross interstellar space to preserve our health! Oh, your sense of duty is overwhelming. Now, will you please go back where you came from and tell whoever issues your orders to leave me and my wife alone?

~Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Man Trap”



Uhura: Mr. Spock, sometimes I think if I hear that word “frequency” again, I’ll cry.

Spock: It is illogical for a communications officer to resent the word “frequency.”

Uhura: Then I’m an illogical woman. Why don’t you tell me what an attractive lady I am? Or how your planet looks when the moon is full.

Spock: Vulcan has no moon, Miss Uhura.

Uhura: I’m not surprised.

~Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Man Trap”

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June 21: Physicists

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June 21

We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
~Niels Bohr. Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885 – 1962) was a Jewish Danish physicist. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922 for his contributions which were essential to modern understandings of atomic structure and quantum mechanics.

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
~J. Robert Oppenheimer

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June 20: Change

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June 20

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Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that “violence never solves anything” I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.
~Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959). Starship Troopers is a controversial science fiction novel that received a Hugo Award in 1960 and is the only science fiction novel on the reading lists of four out of five of the United States military academies, as well as the official reading lists of the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. It has been in continuous print since its first printing in 1959.

Without debating the usefulness or morality of planned parenthood, it may be verified by observation that any breed which stops its own increase gets crowded out by breeds which expand.
~Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959)

Basic truths cannot change and once a man of insight expresses one of them it is never necessary, no matter how much the world changes, to reformulate them. This is immutable, true everywhere, throughout all time, for all men and all nations.
~Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959)


June 19: Robots and UFOs

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June 19
Robots and UFOs

You will be able to program a robot to follow a track on the ground and manipulate a hand. You can also write little programs that will give the robots goals.
~Bill Budge

I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.
~Claude Shannon

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June 18: Science Fiction Writers

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June 18
Science Fiction Writers

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In one of the most brilliant papers in the English language [David] Hume made it clear that what we speak of as ‘causality’ is nothing more than the phenomenon of repetition. When we mix sulphur with saltpeter and charcoal we always get gunpowder. This is true of every event subsumed by a causal law − in other words, everything which can be called scientific knowledge. “It is custom which rules,” Hume said, and in that one sentence undermined both science and philosophy.

~Philip K. Dick, “The Day the Gods Stopped Laughing,” unpublished article written in the late 1960s quoted by Gregg Rickman in To The High Castle: Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1962 (1989)


My major preoccupation is the question, “What is reality?” Many of my stories and novels deal with psychotic states or drug-induced states by which I can present the concept of a multiverse rather than a universe. Music and sociology are themes in my novels, also radical political trends; in particular I’ve written about fascism and my fear of it.

~Philip K. Dick, Statement of 1975 quoted in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (1981) vol. 8, part 1


June 16: War and Peace

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June 16
War and Peace


The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

~J. Robert Oppenheimer


Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.

~Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator, The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism (1932)

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World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation.

~Marshall McLuhan, Culture is Our Business, (1970), p. 66

June 15: Futurists

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June 15

It’s misleading to suppose there’s any basic difference between education & entertainment. This distinction merely relieves people of the responsibility of looking into the matter.
~Marshall McLuhan (1957) from “Classroom Without Walls,” Explorations Vol. 7, 1957; reprinted in Explorations in Communication ed. E. Carpenter & M. McLuhan, (Boston: Beacon, 1960); and again in McLuhan: Hot and Cool ed. G. E. Stearn (NY: Dial, 1967).

We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is a past to which we can never return . . . The coming of the rocket brought to an end a million years of isolation . . . the childhood of our race was over and history as we know it began.
~Arthur C. Clarke, Exploration of Space (1952)

One cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.
~Arthur C. Clarke

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