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Natalie Angier

  • Surveys show that surveys never lie.

    • Natalie Angier,
    • "Men, Women, Sex, and Darwin," in The New York Times Magazine ()
  • Women never bought Freud's idea of penis envy: who would want a shotgun when you can have an automatic?

  • [On women:] We are all yeses. We are worthy enough, we passed inspection, we survived the great fetal oocyte extinctions. In that sense, at least — call it a mechanospiritual sense — we are meant to be. We are good eggs, every one of us.

  • Eternal love is a myth, but we make our myths, and we love them to death.

  • I'm an Atheist. I don't believe in God, Gods, Godlets or any sort of higher power beyond the universe itself, which seems quite high and powerful enough to me.

    • Natalie Angier,
    • "Confessions of a Lonely Atheist," in The New York Times ()
  • ... scientists have discovered that the small brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.

    • Natalie Angier,
    • "Why We're So Nice: We're Wired to Cooperate," The New York Times ()
  • You have your opinion, I have mine, and it takes all kinds of nuts and dips to make a party, right?

  • Science is not a body of facts. Science is a state of mind. It is a way of viewing the world, of facing reality square on but taking nothing on its face. It is about attacking a problem with the most manicured of claws and tearing it down into sensible, edible pieces.

  • We are made of stardust; why not take a few moments to look up at the family album?

  • ... scientists ... resist ... making more of the data than the data make of themselves.

  • Nature is a tenacious recycler, every dung heap and fallen redwood tree a bustling community of saprophytes wresting life from the dead and discarded, as though intuitively aware that there is nothing new under the sun. Throughout the physical world, from the cosmic to the subatomic, the same refrain resounds. Conservation: it's not just a good idea, it's the law.

  • ... evolution is a tinkerer, an ad-hocker, and a jury-rigger. It works with what it has on hand, not with what it has in mind. Some of its inventions prove elegant, while in others you can see the seams and dried glue.

  • Astronomy is so easy to love. ... Fairly or not, physics is associated with nuclear bombs and nuclear waste, chemistry with pesticides, biology with Frankenfood and designer-gene superbabies. But astronomers are like responsible ecotourists, squinting at the scenery through high-quality optical devices, taking nothing but images that may be computer-enhanced for public distribution, leaving nothing but a few Land Rover footprints on faraway Martian soil, and OK, OK, maybe the Land Rover, too.

  • Astronomers are pure of heart and appealingly puerile. They look into the midnight sky and ask big questions, just as we did when we were in college: Who are we? Where do we come from? And why are we standing around outside on the night before finals, do we want to end up making elevator parts for a living like our father or what?

Natalie Angier, U.S. writer, journalist, Pulitzer winner

(1958)