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Most scientists are scientists because they are afraid of life.  It’s wonderful to be creative in science because you can do it without clashing with people and suffering the pain of relationships, and making your way in the world.  It’s a wonderful out — it’s sort of this aseptic world where you can use the very exciting faculties you have and not encounter any pain.  The pain in solving a problem is small potatoes compared with the pain you encounter in living.
Introspection is not a scientific activity: it’s not repeatable, there are no good theories about how to do it, what you expect to find.  It’s strange that by looking into yourself you really get an appreciation of the mystery of the universe.  You don’t by trying to find the laws of physics.
    —    John Backus
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