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The Western Ghats of Karnataka. Blink and this area may have already been destroyed, with ever-widening roads, street-lighting, power-lines, dams, and habitations following well-established and misguided notions of development that are entrenched in the minds of most people. These are the wild spaces that inspire much of my contribution to Wikipedia, a land that supports life and hosts enough wonders to engage everyone, physically and mentally, now and in the future. Incidentally, within this view live floral and faunal elements that represent more than a million potential Wikipedia entries. Converted (or "developed") into a boring human settlement, it would not produce a single notable person.
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Karl Popper.jpgOur knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite. - Karl Popper.
கற்றது கைமண் அளவு, கல்லாதது உலகளவு, [What you know is a fistful, what you don't is as big as the universe] - Avvaiyar 13th century
[A mayfly in the sky - a drop in the ocean]
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We humans may be the smartest objects that ever came down the pike of life's history on earth, but we are outstandingly inept about certain issues, particularly when our emotional arrogance joins forces with our intellectual ignorance.-SJ Gould
Collier's Muir John.pngWhen we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.- John Muir
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The aim of science should certainly be to remove the mystery from natural phenomena, but not to take away wonder or that quality of nature which allows for the development and play of aesthetic appreciation.-FF Darling
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Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.-Van Gogh
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AAUG p06.png"What's the use of their having names," the Gnat said, "if they won't answer to them?" "No use to them," said Alice, "but it's useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do they have names at all?" -Lewis Carroll
Charles-darwin-portrait-svg.svgIgnorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge
42...imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in - an interesting hole I find myself in - fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise.-DNA
KonTikiQuote.jpgBorders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people - Thor Heyerdahl
Nobel Prize 2009-Press Conference KVA-30.jpg... gravitation of scholars' roles from passive appropriator of information to active provider of information by contributing directly into the common pool
Charles-darwin-portrait-svg.svgI sometimes think that general and popular treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work.
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Science should be stripped of whatever tends to clothe it in a strange and repulsive garb; and every thing which, to keep up an appearance of superiority in its professors over the rest of mankind, assumes an unnecessary guise of obscurity, should be sacrificed without mercy.-John Herschel
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BIASThe fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.-DNA
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.-Rachel Carson
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A Little Learning

A little Learning is a dang’rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fir’d at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts,
While from the bounded level of our mind,
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind;
But more advanc’d, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise!
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hills peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !

Alexander Pope

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