David Brin

Born: October 6, 1950

Occupation: Scientist

Quotes of David Brin

David Brin

The best time to act on this was decades ago. The second best time is now.

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Self-awareness is probably overrated. A complex, self-regulating system doesn't need it in order to be successful, or even smart.

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Prison for the crime of puberty -- that was how secondary school had seemed.

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...where were answers to the truly deep questions? Religion promised those, though always in vague terms, while retreating from one line in the sand to the next. Don't look past this boundary, they told...

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It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

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The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.

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Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy.

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When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.

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My first duty to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea.

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The village is coming back, like it or not.

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David Brin

The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

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If there are still honest-smart men and women within those old and noble traditions, they should think carefully, observe and diagnose the illness. They should face the contradiction. Discuss the conflation....

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David Brin

If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego.

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Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to...

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For all its beauty, honesty, and effectiveness at improving the human condition, science demands a terrible price - that we accept what experiments tell us about the universe, whether we like it or not....

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David Brin

I regret having been the bearer of ambiguous tidings.

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If you have other things in your life-family, friends, good productive day work-these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

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David Brin

Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses?

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But honestly, if you do a rigorous survey of my work, I'll bet you'll find that biology is a theme far more often than physical science.

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If an outsider perceives 'something wrong' with a core scientific model, the humble and justified response of that curious outsider should be to ask 'what mistake am I making?' before assuming 100% of...

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In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent...

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Indeed, the maligned American pastime of baseball may be by-far the greatest and best sport by one criterion, when it comes to emulating and training for genuinely useful Neolithic skills! Think about...

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Only people with full stomachs become environmentalists.

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Reciprocal accountability, or criticism [is] the only known antidote to error.

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In the end, the work of diplomats continues even while others fight. So, it's not necessarily true that everyone needs to march.

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Cultural contamination that is directed outward is always seen as ‘enlightenment.

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The three basic material rights -- continuity, mutual obligation, and the pursuit of happiness.

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It's how creativity works. Especially in humans. For every good idea, ten thousand idiotic ones must first be posed, sifted, tried out, and discarded. A mind that's afraid to toy with the ridiculous will...

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In all of history, we have found just one cure for error—a partial antidote against making and repeating grand, foolish mistakes, a remedy against self-deception. That antidote is criticism.

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Every marvel of our age arose out of the critical give and take of an open society. No other civilization ever managed to incorporate this crucial innovation, weaving it into daily life. And if you disagree...

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Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author's product. The real universe ain't that way, and neither are my fictive ones.

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My education and background thoroughly inform my writing

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Above all, TRIBES is fun, and even kind of sexy... in that every round features an Opportunity for Reproduction, which is the main aim of the game, as it is in most of Nature

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When I begin a book, I inevitably discover many things along the way, about the characters, their past histories and the political intrigues that surround them. This discovery process is vital, and I would...

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I find humans tremendously interesting

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Fortunately, human beings are remarkably diverse models to work from

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Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I've had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam... and I'm not happy to be...

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I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring

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One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events

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Where subtlety fails us we must simply make do with cream pies.

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Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror, never Pandora.

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Change is the very fabric of our time.

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In contrast, markets - oft mythologized as "natural" are the most unnatural things going. Libertarians will tell you "market laws are laws of nature", what baloney. Markets - and the other great modernist...

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