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Quotes of the Day for 16 December 2001 – Arthur C. Clarke

Unlike Nostradamus (noted here two days ago), Arthur C. Clarke foretold the future and it actually came to pass. His many stories, books, and screenplays not only made predictions, they inspired readers to go out and create the future he predicted. His best-known work is probably the film "2001: A Space Odyssey," his best-known invention is the communications satellite. Clarke was born on this day in 1917, and though restricted to a wheelchair at his home in Sri Lanka he is still actively working out the future.

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The quotes:

As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

[Clarke's Laws:] 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
     - All today's quotes are from Arthur C. Clarke

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