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...imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in - an interesting hole I find myself in - fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise.
Douglas Adams, 1998
It's not the things you don't know

what gets you into trouble.
It's the things you do know

that just ain't so. – Will Rogers
A man hears what he wants to hear

and disregards the rest. – Paul Simon

Tampering can be dangerous. Nature can be vengeful. We should have a great deal of respect for the planet on which we live
– Carl-Gustaf Rossby 1957

Our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss
– Ban Ki-moon 2009
Into the distance disappear

the mounds of human heads.
I dwindle - go unnoticed now.
But in affectionate books,
in childrens' games,
I will arise to say: the sun!

Osip Mandelstam
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I currently follow an interest in marine life and coastal boats,
and attempt to plug some gaps in marine biology and ecosystems

Some contributions

"...there has never been an administration here, or for that matter anywhere, which is committed openly to trying to undermine the prospects for organized human life in the not-very-distant future. That is exactly the meaning of the stand of Trump and the Republican leadership on climate change."

Noam Chomsky 2017[1]

"I don't think whole populations are villainous, but Americans are just extraordinarily unaware of all kinds of things... If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the natural world, they're going to mistreat it and will not ask their politicians to care for it."

David Attenborough 2007[2]

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness."

Carl Sagan 1995[3]

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  2. ^ Interview in the Radio Times 23–29 June 2007
  3. ^ Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Balantine Books, p. 25