Our goal is totally focused on the healthy lifespan. Healthcare is the biggest rising cost, certainly in the US, and in the UK I think as well. So we don’t bankrupt our entire economies, we need to switch to preventative medicine. One of the challenges with a government health system, like in the UK, with all of this data, is that you have a government making decisions on which treatments they’ll pay for and which ones they won’t. That’s a dangerous, dangerous, place to get into society. The UK health system is already there, insurance companies are already there – but countries where that isn’t an issue right now, are where there is good competition and different paying systems.
The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. People will see in the media all of these disclosures. They’ll know the lengths that the government is going to grant themselves powers unilaterally to create greater control over American society and global society. But they won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things to force their representatives to actually take a stand in their interests.
I don’t take back any of it which, in a way, is regrettable, because scientists rather pride themselves on changing their minds, unlike politicians, who are accused of flip-flopping. But no, I stand by the central message of The Selfish Gene, almost more so in some ways. I think the central message has been vindicated since I wrote it.
This idea of broken symmetry turns out to be the fundamental key that solves a problem with the other forces in nature—the weak and the strong forces—which don’t behave like electromagnetism. The weak force and the strong force both only operate on subatomic scales and they’re very, very different. Physicists eventually realized that in an underlying way those theories might actually look identical to electromagnetism and have a gauge symmetry that determines their nature, but some accident of our circumstances hides that fact from us Science.
“I have a third vision. That India must stand up to the world. I have written 12 chapters on that. Because I believe that unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength. We must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go hand in hand.”
“There has been a deterioration in the quality of money that’s observable in many areas, and it brings up questions. Like you could see how money is different all of a sudden in Italy when they had the lire and now they have the euro. So they, in a revolutionary way, have gone from bad money to good money comparatively. But what about the rest of the world?.”
“These images remind us that accidents like Chernobyl are a possible outcome of nuclear power—anytime, anywhere. I want my project to stand as a document of this man-made disaster—to remember the countless victims of Chernobyl, and to warn future generations of the deadly consequences of human hubris.”