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#1. Contact means the exchange of specific knowledge, ideas, or at least of findings, definite facts. But what if no exchange is possible? If an elephant is not a giant microbe, the ocean is not a giant brain. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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#2. This programme to stop nuclear by 2020 is just crazy. If there were a nuclear war, and humanity were wiped out, the Earth would breathe a sigh of relief. - Author: James Lovelock
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#3. If a power station were to be built down the road, I'd prefer a nuclear plant over an oil burner, and definitely over a coal burner. We simply have to lessen our consumption of fossil fuels. - Author: James Lovelock
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#4. As James Lovelock writes, 'Mother Earth' is now an old lady in her sixties, no longer as resilient as she once was. With our conscious actions, we are now measurably shortening her lifespan. - Author: Mark Lynas
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#5. If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now. - Author: James Lovelock
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#6. Geological change usually takes thousands of years to happen but we are seeing the climate changing not just in our lifetimes but also year by year. - Author: James Lovelock
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#7. There aren't just bad people that commit genocide; we are all capable of it. It's our evolutionary history. - Author: James Lovelock
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#8. I suspect any worries about genetic engineering may be unnecessary. Genetic mutations have always happened naturally, anyway. - Author: James Lovelock
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#9. An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it. - Author: James Lovelock
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#10. That is the sort of race which one really enjoys - to feel at one's peak on the day when it is necessary, and to be able to produce the pace at the very finish. It gives a thrill which compensates for months of training and toiling. But it is the sort of race that one wants only about once a season. - Author: Jack Lovelock
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#11. I wouldn't be against them (large wind turbines) if they actually worked. - Author: James Lovelock
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#12. I find it sad, but all too human, that there are vast bureaucracies concerned about nuclear waste, huge organizations devoted to decommissioning nuclear power stations, but nothing comparable to deal with that truly malign waste, carbon dioxide. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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#13. You mustn't take what I say as gospel because no one can second-guess the future. - Author: James Lovelock
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#14. China will soon emit more greenhouse gases than America, but its regime knows if it caps aspirations there will be a revolution. - Author: James Lovelock
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#15. Science always uses metaphor. - Author: James Lovelock
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#16. No one who has experienced the intense involvement of computer modeling would deny that the temptation exists to use any data input that will enable one to continue playing what is perhaps the ultimate game of solitaire. - Author: James Lovelock
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#17. You never know with politicians what they are really saying. And I don't say that in a negative way-they have an appalling job. - Author: James Lovelock
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#18. Just after World War II, this country led the world in science by every way you could measure it, yet the number of scientists was a tiny proportion of what it is now. - Author: James Lovelock
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#19. The Earth's population will be culled from today's 6.6 billion to as few as 500 million, with most of the survivors living in the far latitudes - Canada, Iceland, Scandinavia, the Arctic Basin. - Author: James Lovelock
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#20. We live at a time when emotions and feelings count more than truth, and there is a vast ignorance of science - Author: James Lovelock
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#21. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while. - Author: James Lovelock
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#22. Unfortunately, we are a species with schizoid tendencies, and like an old lady who has to share her house with a growing and destructive group of teenagers, Gaia grows angry, and if they do not mend their ways she will evict them. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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#23. If you start any large theory, such as quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, evolution, it takes about 40 years for mainstream science to come around. Gaia has been going for only 30 years or so. - Author: James Lovelock
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#24. Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. - Author: James Lovelock
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#25. James Lovelock is one of the great thinkers of our time. His ideas and inventions have opened up new insights into our planet and the way it works, and the story behind them will appeal to a very wide audience. I am pleased to recommend this book. - Author: Chris Rapley
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#26. The entire range of living matter on Earth from whales to viruses and from oaks to algae could be regarded as constituting a single living entity capable of maintaining the Earth's atmosphere to suit its overall needs and endowed with faculties and powers far beyond those of its constituent parts. - Author: James Lovelock
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#27. The big threat to the planet is people: there are too many, doing too well economically and burning too much oil. - Author: James Lovelock
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#28. We'd never have got a chance to go outside and look at the earth if it hadn't been for space exploration and NASA. - Author: James Lovelock
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#29. Climate change now represents so urgent a threat to mankind that the only way to deal with it is by suspending democracy. - Author: James Lovelock
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#30. I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace to campaign against Nuclear Power. It wouldn't surprise me at all. - Author: James Lovelock
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#31. Life clearly does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia. - Author: James Lovelock
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#32. If it hadn't been for the Cold War, neither Russia nor America would have been sending people into space. - Author: James Lovelock
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#33. Civilization in its present form hasn't got long. - Author: James Lovelock
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#34. Our future is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail. - Author: James Lovelock
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#35. Esso has been the main one in America spreading the disinformation that there is no global warming problem. - Author: James Lovelock
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#36. A billion could live off the earth; 6 billion living as we do is far too many, and you run out of planet in no time. - Author: James Lovelock
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#37. Fudging the data in any way whatsoever is quite literally a sin against the holy ghost of science. I'm not religious, but I put it that way because I feel so strongly. It's the one thing you do not ever do. You've got to have standards. - Author: James Lovelock
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#38. Our planet ... consists largely of lumps of fall-out from a star-sized hydrogen bomb ... Within our bodies, no less than three million atoms rendered unstable in that event still erupt every minute, releasing a tiny fraction of the energy stored from that fierce fire of long ago. - Author: James Lovelock
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#39. We are in a fool's climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable. - Author: James Lovelock
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#40. Life does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. - Author: James Lovelock
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#41. Ask almost anybody if they think the climate?s changed in the last couple of decades and they will all say ?yes? and give you lots of examples. - Author: James Lovelock
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#42. NASA will send up a big sun shade that will be in orbit between the earth and sun and deflect 2 or 3 percent of the sunshine back into space. It would be cheaper than the international space station. - Author: James Lovelock
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#43. One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don't know it. - Author: James Lovelock
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#44. I always thought we had an environmental problem, but I hadn't realized how urgent it was. James Lovelock writes that by the end of this century there will be one billion people left. - Author: Vivienne Westwood
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#45. Only nuclear power can now halt global warming. - Author: James Lovelock
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#46. I've got personal views on the '60s. You can't have freedom without paying the price for it. - Author: James Lovelock
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#47. The oil companies regard nuclear power as their rival, who will reduce their profits, so they put out a lot of disinformation about nuclear power. - Author: James Lovelock
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#48. For each of our actions there are only consequences. - Author: James Lovelock
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#49. There is little evidence that our individual intelligence has improved through recorded history. - Author: James Lovelock
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#50. Those who fail to see that population growth and climate change are two sides of the same coin are either ignorant or hiding from the truth. These two huge environmental problems are inseparable and to discuss one while ignoring the other is irrational. - Author: James Lovelock
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#51. I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty. Revere and respect Gaia. Have trust in Gaia. But not faith. - Author: James Lovelock
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#52. Yes, I'm afraid the life over here is very different from N.Z. but oh boy it's a grand life. - Author: Jack Lovelock
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#53. Science is a cosy, friendly club of specialists who follow their numerous different stars; it is proud and wonderfully productive but never certain and always hampered by the persistence of incomplete world views. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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#54. I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful. - Author: James Lovelock
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#55. Gas is almost a give-away in the U.S. at the moment. They've gone for fracking in a big way. This is what makes me very cross with the greens for trying to knock it ... Let's be pragmatic and sensible and get Britain to switch everything to methane. We should be going mad on it. - Author: James Lovelock
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#56. We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can't stand windmills at any price. - Author: James Lovelock
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#57. Darwinists are right to say that selection favours the organisms that leave alive the most progeny, but vigorous growth takes place within a constrained space where feedback from the environment allows the emergence of natural self-regulation. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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#58. Big occasions and races which have been eagerly anticipated almost to the point of dread, are where great deeds can be accomplished. - Author: Jack Lovelock
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#59. Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest. - Author: James Lovelock
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#60. Florida will be gone altogether, the whole damned place, in not too long. - Author: James Lovelock
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#61. So-called 'sustainable development' ... is meaningless drivel. - Author: James Lovelock
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#62. Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic micro-organism, or like the cells of a tumor. - Author: James Lovelock
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#63. City wisdom became almost entirely centered on the problems of human relationships, in contrast to the wisdom of any natural tribal group, where relationships with the rest of the animate and inanimate world are still given due place. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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#64. The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books - mine included - because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened. - Author: James Lovelock
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#65. The tropical rain forests are a telling example. Once cut down, they rarely recover. Rainfall drops, deserts spread, the climate warms. - Author: James Lovelock
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#66. Let's make hay while it lasts. - Author: James Lovelock
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#67. What we have lived through, the 20th century, has been like a great party. Adults now have had the best time humanity has ever had. Now the party is over and the Earth is reckoning up. - Author: James Lovelock
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#68. One pound of uranium is worth about 3 million pounds worth of coal or oil. - Author: James Lovelock
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#69. I'm not a pessimist, even though I do think awful things are going to happen. - Author: James Lovelock
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#70. By the end of this century, climate change will reduce the human population to a few breeding pairs surviving near the Arctic. - Author: James Lovelock
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#71. All the modelling we do shows that the climate is poised on the jump up to a new hot state. It is accelerating so fast that you could say that we are already in it. - Author: James Lovelock
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#72. Nowadays if you're dependent on a grant - and 99% of them are - you can't make mistakes as you won't get another one if you do. - Author: James Lovelock
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#73. Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive. - Author: James Lovelock
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#74. Climatologists are all agreed that we'd be lucky to see the end of this century without the world being a totally different place, and being 8 or 9 degrees hotter on average. - Author: James Lovelock
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#75. The climate is doing its usual tricks. There's nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now. - Author: James Lovelock
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#76. I would only have been too pleased if someone had asked me for my data. If you really believed in your data, you wouldn't mind someone looking at it. You should be able to respond that if you don't believe me go out and do the measurements yourself. - Author: James Lovelock
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#77. Imagine a survivor of a failed civilization with only a tattered book on aromatherapy for guidance in arresting a cholera epidemic. Yet, such a book would more likely be found amid the debris than a comprehensible medical text. - Author: James Lovelock
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#78. There is no clear distinction anywhere on the Earth's surface between living and nonliving matter. There is merely a hierarchy of intensity going from the 'material' environment of the rocks and the atmosphere to the living cells. - Author: James Lovelock
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#79. The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. - Author: James Lovelock
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#80. The idea that humans are yet intelligent enough to serve as stewards of the Earth is among the most hubristic ever. - Author: James E. Lovelock
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