Ian Hacking

Ian Hacking

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Author Profession: Canadian Philosopher
Born: February 18, 1936
Age: 80 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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Every once in a while, something happens to you that makes you realise that the human race is not quite as bad as it so often seems to be.

If you were just intent on killing people you could do better with a bomb made of agricultural fertiliser.

I have this extraordinary curiosity about all subjects of the natural and human world and the interaction between the physical sciences and the social sciences.

I'm a dilettante. My governing word is 'curiosity.'

Cutting up fowl to predict the future is, if done honestly and with as little interpretation as possible, a kind of randomization. But chicken guts are hard to read and invite flights of fancy or corruption.

I think it's unfortunate when people say that there is just one true story of science. For one thing, there are many different sciences, and historians will tell different stories corresponding to different things.

Molecular biology has routinely taken problematic things under its wing without altering core ideas.

The adrenaline of a live performance is unlike anything in film or theater. I can see why it's so addictive. Gwyneth Paltrow

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. Gene Hackman

When I look around the world, I don't see too many damsels in distress. If they're a damsel in distress, they're manipulating some guy to help them. Sigourney Weaver

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