Tuesday, July 28, 2009

the idiosyncratic borders of knowledge


we spend billions of dollars trying to understand the origins of the universe, while we still don't understand the conditions for a stable society, a functioning economy, or peace.

Dirk Helbing, July 2009, Science special online collection: Complex Systems and Networks

[..] we have better maps of Mars than [the territory belonging to the US that lies beneath the sea, which is as big as the US itself].

Robert Ballard, December 2008, Exploring the Oceans (TED talk)