Lewis Thomas – Our behavior toward each other…

Our behavior toward each other is the strangest, most unpredictable, and most unaccountable of all…


“Our behavior toward each other is the strangest, most unpredictable, and most unaccountable of all the phenomena with which we are obliged to live. In all of nature, there is nothing so threatening to humanity as humanity itself.”
-Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas – A multitude of bees can…

A multitude of bees can tell the time of day, calculate the geometry of the…


“A multitude of bees can tell the time of day, calculate the geometry of the sun’s position, argue about the best location for the next swarm. Bees do a lot of close observing of other bees maybe they know what follows stinging and do it anyway.”
-Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas – We’re as clever as we…

We’re as clever as we think we are, but we’ll be a lot cleverer when…


“We’re as clever as we think we are, but we’ll be a lot cleverer when we learn to use not just one brain but to pool huge numbers of brains. We’re at a level technologically where we can share information and think collectively about our problems. We do it in science all the time – there’s no reason why we can’t do it in other endeavors.”
-Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas – The dilemma of modern medicine…

The dilemma of modern medicine, and the underlying central flaw in medical education and, most…


“The dilemma of modern medicine, and the underlying central flaw in medical education and, most of all, in the training of interns, is the irresistible drive to do something, anything. It is expected by patients and too often agreed to by their doctors, in the face of ignorance.”
-Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas – I won’t compare ants and…

I won’t compare ants and people, but ants give us a useful model of how…


“I won’t compare ants and people, but ants give us a useful model of how single members of a community can become so organized that they end up resembling, in effect, one big collective brain. Our own exploding population and communication technology are leading us that way.”
-Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas – Doctors, dressed up in one…

Doctors, dressed up in one professional costume or another, have been in busy practice since…


“Doctors, dressed up in one professional costume or another, have been in busy practice since the earliest records of every culture on earth. It is hard to think of a more dependable or enduring occupation, harder still to imagine any future events leading to its extinction.”
-Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas – Very few recognize science as…

Very few recognize science as the high adventure it really is, the wildest of all…


“Very few recognize science as the high adventure it really is, the wildest of all explorations ever taken by human beings, the chance to glimpse things never seen before, the shrewdest maneuver for discovering how the world works.”
-Lewis Thomas