Michael Crichton

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b. 1942 - 2008

Michael Chriton was a highly successful author, screenwriter, and television director. His novels are usually techno-thrillers and warn of the indiscriminate use of biotechnology. Chriton is the only person to have a #1 book, television show, and film at the same time (Disclosure, ER, and Jurassic Park.

Chriton obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Despite his intelligence, he had some unexpected beliefs in things such as clairvoyance and was also an outspoken climate change skeptic.

QUOTES:

"Science is the most exciting and sustained enterprise of discovery in the history of our species. It is the great adventure of our time."

"Reality is always greater — much greater — than what we know, than whatever we can say about it."

"The romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature"

"Those who are certain are demonstrating their personality type, or their belief system, not the state of their knowledge."

"In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don't know any better."

"We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion.... But in the real world, few of us holds these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion."