Real community happens when people tell the truth to each other, and they don’t always have to agree.
—Michel Martin, 2011 Aspen Ideas
I can’t tell you what came first, the behavior on Wall Street or the behavior in sports.
—Craig Robinson, 2012 Aspen Ideas
We hear a lot about the lack of a scientifically literate culture and a lack of scientists. But we lack scientific leadership. We need leaders in all fields with a background in science.
Youth sports has been professionalized, if not in terms of the money, at least in terms of the values.
—Jeremy Schaap, 2012 Aspen Ideas
Read continually, live on another continent for a period of time, and learn to work with your hands.
In all our lives, truly, our conviction about things changes as time goes on. The landscape shifts as you climb up a hill — the view changes.
What if the US leadership proposed in the next round of the US-China Dialogue that the energy-hungry engines of global prosperity join together to discuss how they could cooperate in reducing their dependence on oil?
—Kevin G. Nealer
Exploring how the line between image and reality has been erased: Americans live in the images we create. The fluidity of these changing images negates immutable truth and leaves us apathetic and unable to respond to a real crisis. As Yeats put it, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of furious intensity.
— BARBARA GOLDSMITH
I have found that the best way to look into creativity and the creative process is by examining some of the world’s greatest scientists and from there working toward a theory of cognitive science relating to creative thinking. Seeking out what they have in common is a way of discovering how the mind works at its most creative.
— ARTHUR I. MILLER, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON
Read. A lot.
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