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[..]Although personally, I think cyberspace means the end of our species." Yes? Why is that?" Because it means the end of innovation, " Malcolm said. "This idea that the whole world is wired together is mass death. Every biologist knows that small groups in isolation evolve fastest. You put a thousand birds on an ocean island and they'll evolve very fast. You put ten thousand on a big continent, and their evolution slows down. Now, for our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behaviour. We innovate new behaviour to adapt. And everybody on earth knows that innovation only occurs in small groups. Put three people on a committee and they may get something done. Ten people, and it gets harder. Thirty people, and nothing happens. Thirty million, it becomes impossible. That's the effect of mass media - it keeps anything from happening. Mass media swamps diversity. It makes every place the same. Bangkok or Tokyo or London: there's a McDonald's on one corner, a Benetton on another, a Gap across the street. Regional differences vanish. All differences vanish. In a mass-media world, there's less of everything except the top ten books, records, movies, ideas. People worry about losing species diversity in the rain forest. But what about intellectual diversity - our most necessary resource? That's disappearing faster than trees. But we haven't figured that out, so now we're planning to put five billion people together in cyberspace. And it'll freeze the entire species. Everything will stop dead in its tracks. Everyone will think the same thing at the same time. Global uniformity. [..]

Michael Crichton
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nobody-is-driven-by-abstractions-like-seeking-truth-michael-crichton
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You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There's been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away - all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval. Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in Arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again. The evolutionary process would begin again. It might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It's powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. Do you think this is the first time that's happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine. When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn't have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't got the humility to try. We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

Michael Crichton
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we-havent-had-any-accidents-for-months-now-everything-on-that-island-is-perfectly-fine-michael-crichton
if-you-dont-know-history-then-you-dont-know-anything-you-are-leaf-that-doesnt-know-it-is-part-tree-michael-crichton
false-fears-are-plague-modern-plague-michael-crichton
for-our-own-species-evolution-occurs-mostly-through-our-behavior-we-innovate-new-behavior-to-adapt-michael-crichton
increasingly-mathematics-will-demand-courage-to-face-its-implications-michael-crichton
friendships-are-nice-so-is-competence-michael-crichton
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sometimes-i-think-everyones-attorney-michael-crichton
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all-your-life-people-will-tell-you-things-and-most-time-probably-ninetyfive-percent-time-what-theyll-tell-you-will-be-wrong-michael-crichton
you-arrogant-little-snot-john-hammond-michael-crichton
nobody-smart-knows-what-they-want-to-do-until-they-get-into-their-twenties-thirties-michael-crichton
they-believed-that-prediction-was-just-function-keeping-track-things-if-you-knew-enough-you-could-predict-anything-michael-crichton
the-risk-is-too-great-a-man-cannot-place-too-much-faith-in-any-one-thing-neither-woman-nor-horse-nor-weapon-nor-any-single-thing-michael-crichton
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