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American mathematical social scientist 1916-2001
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All correct reasoning is a grand system of tautologies, but only God can make direct use of that fact.
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Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.
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Behaving like a manager means having command of the whole range of management skills and applying them as they become appropriate.
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Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.
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Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.
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Forget about Nobel prizes; they aren't really very important.
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Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.
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Human knowledge has been changing from the word go and people in certain respects behave more rationally than they did when they didn't have it. They spend less time doing rain dances and more time seeding clouds.
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I don't care how big and fast computers are, they're not as big and fast as the world.
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I started off thinking that maybe the social sciences ought to have the kinds of mathematics that the natural sciences had. That works a little bit in economics because they talk about costs, prices and quantities of goods. But it doesn't work a darn for the other social sciences; you lose most of the content when you translate them to numbers.
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In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program; all else is prophecy.
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Learning is any change in a system that produces a more or less permanent change in its capacity for adapting to its environment.
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Maybe we ought to have a world in which things are divided between people kind of fairly.
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Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature.
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No one has characterized market mechanisms better than Friedrich von Hayek.
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One finds limits by pushing them.
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One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it.
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Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves.
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The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be - how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function.
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The simplest scheme of evolution is one that depends on two processes; a generator and a test. The task of the generator is to produce variety, new forms that have not existed previously, whereas the task of the test is to cull out the newly generated forms so that only those that are well fitted to the environment will survive.
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