„If you use conventional data compression on the [human brain's] genome, you get about 23 million bytes (a small fraction of the size of Microsoft Word), which is a level of complexity we can handle.“

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—  Terence McKenna American ethnobotanist 1946 - 2000
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—  Grace Hopper American computer scientist and United States Navy officer 1906 - 1992
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—  Sania Mirza Indian tennis player 1986
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—  Tim Cook American business executive 1960
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„You can never get rid of God as long as you continue to use words, because all words are part of the Word.“

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„Fair and balanced is doublespeak for bite-out-chunks-of-truth until only irrelevancy is left, byte-sized, entertaining irrelevancy.“

—  Larisa Alexandrovna Ukrainian-American journalist, essayist, poet 1971
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