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Born Saturday 10 May 1919, died Tuesday 25 January 2011

Professions: Editor, Sociologist, Writer

Nationality: American

When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.

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Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.

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But in action, one defies one's character.

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The intellectual takes as a starting point his self and relates the world to his own sensibilities; the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain.

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The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.

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Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.

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I am too weary to listen, too angry to hear.

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