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    If you're a scientist, and you have to have an answer, even in the absence of data, you're not going to be a good scientist.

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    I love being a very personal singer-songwriter, but I also like being a scientist or explorer.

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    I guess economists, it's a bit like scientists, you have definitely fewer women in that field.

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    I have faith that science is a good thing. Seriously, I'd say that I am very much in awe of nature. In fact, I think to some extent, "awe" was a word that was almost invented for scientists.

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    I have never seen myself as an alarmist but rather as a scientist with a critical viewpoint, and in that sense I have always been a skeptic. I have devoted most of my career to developing models for predicting the weather, and in doing so I have learned the importance of validating forecasts against observed weather. As a result, that's an approach I strongly favor for "climate predictions." It's essential to validate model results, especially when dealing with complex systems such as the climate. It's essential do so properly if such predictions are to be considered credible.

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    I have some friends, colleagues here at the Karolinska Institute and even in the United States and many other countries too, because we are working together as scientists.

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    I grew up obsessed with science fiction, and when I was really young, I wanted to be a scientist.

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    I love to make movies about young people - young scientists that are inventing things and all the writing they did was very funny and very true.

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    I have always thought it curious that, while most scientists claim to eschew religion, it actually dominates their thoughts more than it does the clergy.

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    I'm a novelist, not a social scientist or a commentator.

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    I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty.

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    I'm a skeptic. I'm not a scientist. I think the science has been politicized.

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    I'm in this wonderful position where I can do what interests me. And whatever comes along that interests me, I do. The rest of the time I bother scientists about communicating.

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    I'm more of a fisherman as opposed to a scientist perhaps and chasing the whale. But I've had some success.

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    I'm not a sociologist, I'm not a political scientist, but I'm a fairly intuitive person.

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    I'm not a science fiction writer, I'm a physicist. These are scientists who are making the future in their laboratories.

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    In a poll taken in 1998, only 7 percent of the members of the US National Academy of Sciences, the elite of American scientists, said they believed in a personal god.

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    In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.

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    In my view, the only recourse for a scientist concerned about the social consequences of his work is to remain involved with it to the end.

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    I know one lab that studies nicotine receptors and all the scientists are smokers, and another lab that studies impulse control and they're all overweight.

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    I'm not as famous as Stephen Hawking, but certainly in the U.S., I have a very high profile for a scientist. It is an awesome responsibility, one that I don't shoulder lightly.

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    In private many scientists admit that science has no explanation for the beginning of life... Darwin never imagined the exquisitely profound complexity that exists even at the most basic levels of life.

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    In exchange for freedom of inquiry, scientists are obliged to explain their work.

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    Iranian nuclear policy is transparent, and we have opened our facilities to United Nations inspectors. However, we will not abandon the great achievements of Iranian scientists. I too will not suspend uranium enrichment. However, I will attempt to avoid unnecessary tensions. We have a right to enrich uranium.

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    I read the things that scientists have figured out, and apply what they say is beneficial, but at the end of the day I'm the wrong person to get unchallenged nutritional advice from.

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    I really struggle to pinpoint whether I became a scientist because I like science fiction, or did I gravitate to science fiction because I identified strongly with scientists.

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    In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.

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    In some ways I'm a frustrated scientist or mathematician. The amount of times I've thought I'd go back to university and do theoretical physics because I like the big questions, but really I know now that that's not quite me. What's me is to do it in novels.

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    I thank God for not making me a computer scientist.

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    I think Newton would be the greatest scientist who ever lived.

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    It doesn’t matter how smart you are, Enigma is always smarter.

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    I think, though, that we need to be armed with the critical thinking skills that lawyers and scientists and journalists such as yourself have. We all need to have those as we make our way through the day. And they're not that hard to acquire.

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    It is time that scientists and other public intellectuals observed that the contest between faith and reason is zero-sum.

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    I see myself in pop culture. I listen to pop music, I do pop things, and I'm also a scientist.

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    I think of myself as a social scientist. In order to get hired and to get promoted, we're forced to declare a disciplinary and sub-disciplinary specialty, so I am a psychologist and I am a social psychologist within that. But I think the exciting thing is to think about the social sciences in general and the nature of society. It's one of the hardest things to think about, because our brains aren't designed to think about these emergent entities. We're not good at it.

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    It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.

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    It's as great a part of the human adventure to invent things as to understand them. John Randall wasn't a great scientist, but he was a great inventor. There's been lots more like him, and it's a shame they don't get Nobel Prizes.

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    It may be hyperbolic to declare that Shakespeare teaches us more about being human than all the natural scientists combined.

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    It makes no sense to complain about a lack of imagination in scientists when their failure is simply that they cannot make the world be what it is not, and they cannot make the world do what it cannot do.

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    It should be totally fine to question the objectivity of scientists and the power structures in scientific institutions. The physical laws of the universe are objective, but human beings in any context are not. That includes with regard to science. To some extent, the supposed objectivity of science has given a lot of extra cover to very subjective and eccentric approaches to exploring aspects of ourselves and the universe around us.

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    It’s ironic that as scientists that don’t believe in god, were the ones that are closest to god.

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    I wanted to be a scientist. But I had no math skills.

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    I understood that I was inventing myself, and that I was doing this more in the way of a painter than in the way of a scientist. I could not count on precision or calculation; I could only count on intuition.

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    [I want] a one-armed scientist ... [Who would not qualify his advice with 'on the other hand...']

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    I wasn't naturally a scientist, but I was always fascinated by how the world worked and why things were the way they were.

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    I wasn't trying to be a scientist. I only ever wanted to be a naturalist, like a David Attenborough.

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    I will have nothing to do with a bomb! [Response to being invited (1943) to work with Otto Robert Frisch and some British scientists at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project to create the atomic bomb.]

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    I wish I was a great writer or a great journalist or a great scientist or a great artist; I'm not.

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    I would never have been a good scientist - my attention span was too short for that.

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    Just as the ability to devise simple but evocative models is the signature of the great scientist so overelaboration and overparameterization is often the mark of mediocrity.