Veneration for Human Creativity and the Power of Ideas

“[The plots of the Tom Swift books are:] Tom would get himself into a terrible predicament, in which his fate and that of his friends, and often the rest of the human race, hung in the balance.  Tom would retreat to his basement lab and think about how to solve the problem.  This, then, was the dramatic tension in each book in the series: what ingenious idea would Tom and his friends come up with to save the day?  The moral to these tales was: the right idea has the power to overcome a seemingly overwhelming challenge.”

“[My grandfather had the rare opportunity] to touch with his own hands some original manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci.  He described the experience with reverence … I was raised with veneration for human creativity and the power of ideas.”

— Ray Kurzwell

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