The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.
I get curious about new things. My real strength is going into a field that has not been investigated before, and finding new approaches to it.
All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals.
If it takes you 20 or 25 years to establish yourself in one field, you really ought to be careful not to stray too far.
I have many shortcomings. I feel very lucky to have been able to have what I've had.
I'm not easily inhibited by the fact that I don't know something about a subject. It doesn't stop me from dabbling in it.
If you wanted to dissect the structure of living cells, genetic analysis was an extremely powerful method, so my interest turned to that.
Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things.
The central moral issue of science is that we do not have a science of peace and hardly know where to begin in building one.
I wish I had a talent for dropping things as well as taking on new ones. It gets to be quite a clutter after a while.
I don't believe anybody can really grasp everything that's even in one textbook.
I think we have to believe we are here for some purpose, and I know there are many cynics who will deny it, but they don't live as if they deny it.
I'd like to put in a vote for the intrinsic fascination of science.
I was a bad practicing physician because I was never sure of the diagnosis or of the treatment.
So many of the things I've predicted were technologies that were just sitting right in front of us.
If lifespan jumps by 30 or 40 years, that has enormous implications.
I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work.
My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7.
I started on the use of the Internet for scientific communication. Our research group was one of the very first to make really systematic use of it as a way of managing research projects.
If we have isolated individuals able to inflict enormous harm, imagine what a single lunatic can do with a nuclear weapon. I think the whole base of civil society is at risk.
As soon as you go into any biological process in any real detail, you discover it's open-ended in terms of what needs to be found out about it.
To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing.
I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling.
I believe I am a person with unusual talents. I think I'd be a liar or stupid if I were to deny that.
I did get a very fine education, and not just in science. It took some pressure on the part of my elders to convince me that I really should take an interest in humanities.
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