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    I think action movies on the whole have moved more and more into large spectacle, even leaving out super hero movies that seem to me to be more a fantastic science fiction than they are action movies.
    — Walter Hill
    tags: action  hero  movie  fiction 
     
    Aeroplanes are not designed by science, but by art in spite of some pretence and humbug to the contrary. I do not mean to suggest that engineering can do without science, on the contrary, it stands on scientific foundations, but there is a big gap between scientific research and the engineering product which has to be bridged by the art of the engineer.
    — Walter Guido Vincenti
    tags: research 
     
    Science doesn't in the slightest depend on trust. It depends completely on the belief that you can demonstrate something for yourself.
    — Walter Gilbert
    tags: belief  trust 
     
    Biology will tell you a lot of things, but there are many that it can not explain and you need to look at physics instead.
    — Walter Gilbert
    tags: physics  biology 
     
    Scientists tend to be skeptical, but the weakness of the community of science is that it tends to move into preformed establishment modes that say this is the only way of doing science, the only valid view.
    — Walter Gilbert
    The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
    — Walter Gilbert
    Legislators aren't known for being rocket scientists.
    — Walter E. Williams
    tags: scientist 
     
    When you write something new about science, other scientists may not like it but they pay attention because it is subject to proof. When you write something new about art, it is subject only to the reader's discomfort, and will probably be rejected.
    — Walter Darby Bannard
    NASA should be at the forefront in the collection of scientific evidence and debunking the current hysteria over human-caused, or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). Unfortunately, it is becoming just another agency caught up in the politics of global warming, or worse, politicized science.
    — Walter Cunningham
    tags: politics 
     
    I'm here to encourage everyone to look at the data themselves, not just buy what they're told. I find that my standards for science are more important to me than anything else, and I hate to see them being depreciated by the alarmists' claims today. Politics and the media and what have you have allowed us now to be facing one of the biggest scientific hoaxes in history. That's what's being pushed on us.
    — Walter Cunningham
    I'm very proud of what Harry Truman turned out to be in office and the record he made. Certainly I think he'll go down in history as one of the greats, because of his conscience, his determination to stick with what he knew was right.
    — Walter Cronkite
    Microsoft stepping in is the symptom, not the disease.
    — Walter Bender
    tags: microsoft 
     
    So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.
    — Walter Bagehot
    The maxim of science is simply that of common sense-simple cases first; begin with seeing how the main force acts when there is as little as possible to impede it, and when you thoroughly comprehend that, add to it in succession the separate effects of each of the incumbering and interfering agencies.
    — Walter Bagehot
    tags: seeing 
     
    Nine tenths of modern science is in this respect the same: it is the produce of men whom their contemporaries thought dreamers - who were laughed at for caring for what did not concern them - who, as the proverb went, 'walked into a well from looking at the stars' - who were believed to be useless, if anyone could be such.
    — Walter Bagehot
    A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
    — Walter Bagehot
    Both pure and applied science have gradually pushed further and further the requirements for accuracy and precision. However, applied science, particularly in the mass production of interchangeable parts, is even more exacting than pure science in certain matters of accuracy and precision.
    — Walter A. Shewhart
    The chrysanthemums' astringent fragrance comesEach year to disguise the clanking mechanismOf machine within machine within machine.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: machine  year 
     
    There is a science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches, and once these laws are learned and obeyed by anyone, that person will get rich with mathematical certainty.
    — Wallace D. Wattles
    tags: people  law  process 
     
    Genius is Omniscience flowing into man.
    — Wallace D. Wattles
    tags: men  genius 
     
    Fiction doesn't tell us something we don't know, it tells us something we know but don't know that we know.
    — Walker Percy
    tags: fiction 
     
    It is not merely the truth of science that makes it beautiful, but its simplicity.
    — Walker Percy
    What is science but the pursuit of the truth? What is Buddhism but 2500 years of observation as to the nature of mind?
    — Wade Davis
    tags: nature  buddhism  year 
     
    Sometimes I think I am going mad. I live for days in the mystery and tears of things so that the commonest object, the most familiar face- even my own- become ghostly, unreal, enigmatic. I get into an attitude of almost total scepticism, nescience, solipsism, in a world of dumb, sphinx-like things that cannot explain themselves. The discovery of how I am situated- a sentient being on a globe in space overshadows me. I wish I were just nothing.
    — W.N.P. Barbellion
    This situation, where men rally to the defense of a doctrine they are unable to define scientifically, much less demonstrate with scientific rigor, attempting to maintain its credit with the public by the suppression of criticism and the elimination of difficulties, is abnormal and undesirable in science.
    — W. R. Thompson
    tags: criticism  men 
     
    Objectivism is basically the same thing as faith-based science or for that matter faith-based foreign policy, where you start out with the assumption "We are good, they are evil," or "We know what is good and right and we know what is wrong," so all questions are settled in advance by a set of ideological prejudices.
    — W. J. T. Mitchell
    'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: nature  healing 
     
    When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.
    — W. H. Auden
    Thou shalt not answer questionnaires Or quizzes upon world affairs, Nor with compliance Take any test. Thou shalt not sit with statisticians nor commit A social science.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: world 
     
    Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and practice cannot be separated, and the sciences depend upon their separation.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: politics 
     
    Machines are beneficial to the degree that they eliminate the need for labor, harmful to the degree that they eliminate the need for skill.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: machine 
     
    As biological organisms made of matter, we are subject to the laws of physics and biology: as conscious persons who create our own history we are free to decide what that history shall be. Without science, we should have no notion of equality; without art, no notion of liberty.
    — W. H. Auden
    Without Art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without Science, we should always worship false gods.
    — W. H. Auden
    tags: god  worship 
     
    Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another...
    — W. H. Auden
    My camera, my intentions stopped no man from falling. Nor did they aid him after he had fallen. It could be said that photographs be damned for they bind no wounds. Yet, I reasoned, if my photographs could cause compassionate horror within the viewer, they might also prod the conscience of that viewer into taking action.
    — W. Eugene Smith
    tags: men  action  horror  conscience 
     
    My pictures are complex and so am I.
    — W. Eugene Smith
    tags: complex 
     
    Innovation comes from the producer - not from the customer.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: innovation 
     
    It only takes a little innovation.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: innovation 
     
    We're facing a danger that economics is rigorous deduction based upon faulty assumptions. Science after science gets that way from time to time. When it does, we're in real trouble.
    — W. Brian Arthur
    tags: time  danger  real  economics 
     
    Complexity is looking at interacting elements and asking how they form patterns and how the patterns unfold. It's important to point out that the patterns may never be finished. They're open-ended. In standard science this hit some things that most scientists have a negative reaction to. Science doesn't like perpetual novelty.
    — W. Brian Arthur
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