People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is
prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is
much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the
street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict
more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.
– Ray Bradbury, _Beyond 1984: The People Machines_
The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well,
on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a
nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to
be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed
our perspective tends to be.
– Douglas Adams, at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge, UK (1998)