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(From The Lost World by Michael Crichton:)

     Scientists can predict what will happen when two things interact. They can attempt to predict three, or possibly four interactions. With each added variable, the result will turn out farther from the real answer. They can predict what will happen when pool ball A hits pool ball B with x velocity. But then add the table friction- gets tricky. Now air resistance- harder. Now the pits and dents in the ball and stick and tiny hairs on the table and the wind from someoneís breath: impossible to predict. They canít predict jack. Back to the point, they can supposedly predict when 2 things interact, but in life everything affects everything. We have 100 million interactions happening at once. Scientist can predict how two things may interact, but life has 100 million things interacting at once. Deep.

From Airframe by Michael Crichton (p. 423):

    "Used to be Ė in the old days Ė the media image roughly corresponded to reality. But now itís all reversed. The media image is the reality, and by comparison day-to-day life seems to lack excitement. So now day-to-day life is false, and the media image is true. Sometimes I look around my living room, and the most real thing in the room is the television. Itís bright and vivid, and the rest of my life looks drab. So I turn the d$*& thing off. That does it every time. Get my life back."

Michael Crichton- Jurrassic Park(284):

    The number of hours women devote to housework has not changed since 1930, despite all the advances. All the vacuum cleaners, waser-dryers, trash compactors, garbage disposals, wash-and-wear fabricsÖ Why does it still take as long to clean the house as it did in 1930?
    Because there havenít been any advances. Not really. Thirty thousand years ago, when men were doing cave paintings at Lascaux, they worked twenty hours a week to provide themselves with food and shelter and clothing. The rest of the time, they could play, or sleep, or do whatever they wanted. And they lived in a natural world, with clean air, clean water, beautiful trees and sunsets. Think about it. Twenty hours a week. Thirty thousand years ago.
    I want people to wake up. Weíve had 400 years of modern science, and we ought to know by know what itís good for, and what itís not good for. Itís time for a change.