Journalist Quotes (6 quotes)
Haldane could have made a success of any one of half a dozen careersas mathematician, classical scholar, philosopher, scientist, journalist or imaginative writer. On his lifes showing he could not have been a politician, administrator (heavens, no!), jurist or, I think, a critic of any kind. In the outcome he became one of the three or four most influential biologists of his generation.
I am not unmindful of the journalists quip that yesterdays paper wraps todays garbage. I am also not unmindful of the outrages visited upon our forests to publish redundant and incoherent collections of essays; for, like Dr. Seuss Lorax, I like to think that I speak for the trees. Beyond vanity, my only excuses for a collection of these essays lie in the observation that many people like (and as many people despise) them, and that they seem to cohere about a common themeDarwins evolutionary perspective as an antidote to our cosmic arrogance.
I take it that a monograph of this sort belongs to the ephemera literature of science. The studied care which is warranted in the treatment of the more slowly moving branches of science would be out of place here. Rather with the pen of a journalist we must attempt to record a momentary phase of current thought, which may at any instant change with kaleidoscopic abruptness.
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
Journalists do not like to report on uncertainties. They would almost rather be wrong than ambiguous.
Once we thought, journalists and readers alike, that if we put together enough facts and gave them a fast stir, we would come up with something that, at least by the standards of short-order cooks, could be called the truth.