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Michael Crichton

Data de nascimento: 23. Outubro 1942
Data de falecimento: 4. Novembro 2008
Outros nomes:Мајкл Крајтон

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John Michael Crichton foi um autor, roteirista, diretor de cinema, produtor e ex-médico estadunidense mais conhecido por seu trabalho nos gêneros de ficção científica, ficção médica e thriller. Seus livros já venderam mais de 200 milhões de cópias em todo o mundo e muitos foram adaptados em filmes. Em 1994, Crichton tornou-se o único artista criativo a ter obras simultâneas no topo da televisão , cinema e vendas de livros dos Estados Unidos.

Seu gênero literário pode ser descrito como thriller tecnológico, que é, geralmente, a união de ação e de detalhes técnicos. Seus romancesmuitas vezes exploram a tecnologia e as falhas da interação humana com ela, especialmente resultando em catástrofes com biotecnologia. Muitas das suas novelas têm termos médicos ou científicos, refletindo seu treino médico e científico — Crichton era formado em medicina pela Harvard Medical School. Escreveu, entre outras obras, The Andromeda Strain , Congo , Sphere , Travels , Jurassic Park , Rising Sun , Disclosure , The Lost World , Airframe , Timeline , Prey , State of Fear , Next , Pirate Latitudes , um techno-thriller incompleto, Micro, que foi publicado em novembro de 2011, e Dragon Teeth, um romance histórico ambientado durante a "guerra dos ossos", que será publicado em todo o mundo em maio de 2017. Crichton faleceu no dia 5 de novembro de 2008 de câncer.

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„This is politicking, not predicting.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: I want to mention in passing that punditry has undergone a subtle change over the years. In the old days, commentators such as Eric Sevareid spent most of their time putting events in a context, giving a point of view about what had already happened. Telling what they thought was important or irrelevant in the events that had already taken place. This is of course a legitimate function of expertise in every area of human knowledge. But over the years the punditic thrust has shifted away from discussing what has happened, to discussing what may happen. And here the pundits have no benefit of expertise at all. Worse, they may, like the Sunday politicians, attempt to advance one or another agenda by predicting its imminent arrival or demise. This is politicking, not predicting. [https://web.archive.org/web/20050328084634/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html "Why Speculate?"] - speech at the International Leadership Forum, La Jolla, California (26 April 2002)

„The romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: The romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature. People who live in nature are not romantic about it at all. They may hold spiritual beliefs about the world around them, they may have a sense of the unity of nature or the aliveness of all things, but they still kill the animals and uproot the plants in order to eat, to live. If they don't, they will die.

„I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: I studied anthropology in college, and one of the things I learned was that certain human social structures always reappear. They can't be eliminated from society. One of those structures is religion. Today it is said we live in a secular society in which many people — the best people, the most enlightened people — do not believe in any religion. But I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.

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„Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid — and merits universal acceptance — only if it can be independently verified.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid — and merits universal acceptance — only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical. A truth in science is verifiable whether you are black or white, male or female, old or young. It's verifiable whether you like the results of a study, or you don't. Testimony before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (28 September 2005)

„The notion that the natural world obeys its own rules and doesn't give a damn about your expectations comes as a massive shock... it will demand that you adapt to it — and if you don't, you die.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: The notion that the natural world obeys its own rules and doesn't give a damn about your expectations comes as a massive shock... it will demand that you adapt to it — and if you don't, you die. It is a harsh, powerful, and unforgiving world, that most urban westerners have never experienced.

„Science is the most exciting and sustained enterprise of discovery in the history of our species. It is the great adventure of our time.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: Science is the most exciting and sustained enterprise of discovery in the history of our species. It is the great adventure of our time. We live today in an era of discovery that far outshadows the discoveries of the New World five hundred years ago. "Ritual Abuse, Hot Air, and Missed Opportunities: Science Views Media" Speech to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Anaheim, California (25 January 1999)

„Most of us have had some experience interacting with religious fundamentalists, and we understand that one of the problems with fundamentalists is that they have no perspective on themselves. They never recognize that their way of thinking is just one of many other possible ways of thinking, which may be equally useful or good.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: Most of us have had some experience interacting with religious fundamentalists, and we understand that one of the problems with fundamentalists is that they have no perspective on themselves. They never recognize that their way of thinking is just one of many other possible ways of thinking, which may be equally useful or good. On the contrary, they believe their way is the right way, everyone else is wrong; they are in the business of salvation, and they want to help you to see things the right way. They want to help you be saved. They are totally rigid and totally uninterested in opposing points of view. In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.

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„Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical. To mix environmental concerns with the frantic fantasies that people have about one political party or another is to miss the cold truth — that there is very little difference between the parties, except a difference in pandering rhetoric.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical. To mix environmental concerns with the frantic fantasies that people have about one political party or another is to miss the cold truth — that there is very little difference between the parties, except a difference in pandering rhetoric. The effort to promote effective legislation for the environment is not helped by thinking that the Democrats will save us and the Republicans won't. Political history is more complicated than that.

„I want to mention in passing that punditry has undergone a subtle change over the years.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: I want to mention in passing that punditry has undergone a subtle change over the years. In the old days, commentators such as Eric Sevareid spent most of their time putting events in a context, giving a point of view about what had already happened. Telling what they thought was important or irrelevant in the events that had already taken place. This is of course a legitimate function of expertise in every area of human knowledge. But over the years the punditic thrust has shifted away from discussing what has happened, to discussing what may happen. And here the pundits have no benefit of expertise at all. Worse, they may, like the Sunday politicians, attempt to advance one or another agenda by predicting its imminent arrival or demise. This is politicking, not predicting. [https://web.archive.org/web/20050328084634/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html "Why Speculate?"] - speech at the International Leadership Forum, La Jolla, California (26 April 2002)

„Those who are certain are demonstrating their personality type, or their belief system, not the state of their knowledge.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: The second reason to abandon environmental religion is more pressing. Religions think they know it all, but the unhappy truth of the environment is that we are dealing with incredibly complex, evolving systems, and we usually are not certain how best to proceed. Those who are certain are demonstrating their personality type, or their belief system, not the state of their knowledge.

„I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind.“

— Michael Crichton
Context: I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely emerges in another form. Even if you don't believe in God, you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.

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