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Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

by Kurt Vonnegut

Science Quotes

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Quote #7

And, to demonstrate my mastery over my illusory fate, I turned the radio off. (86.5)

Another subtle hint at the willpower we've given over to advanced technology. This one's a little more sinister in that it suggests we've turned our fate, our future, over to it.

Quote #8

"Science is magic that works." (97.33)

"Papa" Monzano wants his people to learn science because he sees it as magic… which kind of misses the entire point of science, doesn't it?

Quote #9

"I am a very bad scientist. I will do anything to make a human being feel better, even if it's unscientific. No scientist worthy of the name could say such a thing." (98.7)

Julian Castle calls himself a bad scientist while the novel slyly suggests that he's actually a good scientist. Now, that's writing.

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