James Lovelock Quotes

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Born: July 26, 1919, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Occupation: Academic

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Fudging the data in any way whatsoever is quite literally a sin against the holy ghost of science. I'm not religious, but I put it that way because I feel so strongly. It's the one thing you do not ever do. You've got to have standards.
- James Lovelock

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Geological change usually takes thousands of years to happen but we are seeing the climate changing not just in our lifetimes but also year by year.
- James Lovelock

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I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful.
- James Lovelock

4.
I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace to campaign against Nuclear Power. It wouldn't surprise me at all.
- James Lovelock

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I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty.
- James Lovelock

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I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty. Revere and respect Gaia. Have trust in Gaia. But not faith.
- James Lovelock

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I've got personal views on the '60s. You can't have freedom without paying the price for it.
- James Lovelock

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If it hadn't been for the Cold War, neither Russia nor America would have been sending people into space.
- James Lovelock

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If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now.
- James Lovelock

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If you start any large theory, such as quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, evolution, it takes about 40 years for mainstream science to come around. Gaia has been going for only 30 years or so.
- James Lovelock

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It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion. I don't think people have noticed that, but it's got all the sort of terms that religions use... The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can't win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.
- James Lovelock

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Just after World War II, this country led the world in science by every way you could measure it, yet the number of scientists was a tiny proportion of what it is now.
- James Lovelock

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One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don't know it.
- James Lovelock

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Science always uses metaphor.
- James Lovelock

15.
The oil companies regard nuclear power as their rival, who will reduce their profits, so they put out a lot of disinformation about nuclear power.
- James Lovelock

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There aren't just bad people that commit genocide we are all capable of it. It's our evolutionary history.
- James Lovelock

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There is little evidence that our individual intelligence has improved through recorded history.
- James Lovelock

18.
This programme to stop nuclear by 2020 is just crazy. If there were a nuclear war, and humanity were wiped out, the Earth would breathe a sigh of relief.
- James Lovelock

19.
What I like about sceptics is that in good science you need critics that make you think: 'Crumbs, have I made a mistake here?' If you don't have that continuously, you really are up the creek. The good sceptics have done a good service, but some of the mad ones I think have not done anyone any favours.
- James Lovelock

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You mustn't take what I say as gospel because no one can second-guess the future.
- James Lovelock

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