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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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„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. "Why Speculate?" https://web.archive.org/web/20050328084634/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html - speech at the International Leadership Forum, La Jolla, California (26 April 2002)

„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)

„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)

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„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.

„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. "Why Speculate?" https://web.archive.org/web/20050328084634/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html - speech at the International Leadership Forum, La Jolla, California (26 April 2002)

„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.

„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.

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„In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.“

—  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.

„Endless presentation of conflict may interfere with genuine issue resolution.“

—  Michael Crichton
Context: Endless presentation of conflict may interfere with genuine issue resolution. There is evidence that the television food-fights not only don't represent the views of most people — who are not so polarized — but may tend to make resolution of actual disputes more difficult in the real world. At the very least, they obscure the recognition that we resolve disputes every day.

„But in the real world, few of us holds these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion.“

—  Michael Crichton
Context: We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionist. We are pro-private sector or pro-big government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us holds these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion. "Mediasaurus: The decline of conventional media" http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote02.html - Speech at the National Press Club, Washington D.C. (7 April 1993)

„We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another.“

—  Michael Crichton
Context: We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionist. We are pro-private sector or pro-big government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us holds these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion. "Mediasaurus: The decline of conventional media" http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote02.html - Speech at the National Press Club, Washington D.C. (7 April 1993)

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