“No facts to me are sacred. None are profane. I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In an ecosystem, it is never possible to do only one thing; for every action there are chain reactions of causes and effects. The continued survival of the world depends upon developing more precise models of the environment so we can predict and prevent actual catastrophe without being immobilized by the risking of it. Perhaps no one could have foreseen that the aerosol sprays we used to apply everything from paint to anti-perspirant would degrade the earth’s ozone layer, but no one seems to have asked. That drums for burying toxic waste would eventually corrode and leak seems so obvious that millions ought to have been able to predict the risk, yet no one seems to have had the desire or the clout to deal with the problem of hazardous waste before it became a crisis. In pursuit of progress, we have been content to ignore the ecological consequences of our technological decisions because, until it was pointed out to us, we did not realize that there was an environmental context surrounding the tools we use.” —Corlann Gee Bush: Women and the Assessment of Technology: to Think, to Be; to Unthink, to Free. In Rothschild, J. (1983): Machina ex dea: Feminist perspectives on technology.
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” —William Morris