11 scientists distill their own work into a single, crucial statement

April 22, 2011

If you only had a single statement to pass on to others summarizing the most vital lesson to be drawn from your work, what would it be? Seed asked eleven scientists this question. These are their answers.

My favorite probably is from Marc Hauser, evolutionary biologist at Harvard:

"We started human life as hunter-gatherers, where contact with others, kin and non-kin, was the center of human life, social and moral. Begin by holding hands and talking, face to face, recalling our shared evolutionary history, and the importance of human nature."

I'm also especially fond of Jill Tarter's, who borrowed her quote from Carl Sagan's Cosmos: "We are made of star stuff." It reminds me of physicist Lawrence Krauss, who once said: "Forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today."

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