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Natural Design Quotes


"Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning." - Richard Dawkins

"The ultimate design is little different from the natural world." - Kenji Ekuan

"Good design means as little design as possible." - Dieter Rams

"Good design is good business." - Thomas Watson Jr

"Design is thinking made visual." - Saul Bass

"In evolution, as in all areas of science, our knowledge is incomplete. But the entire success of the scientific enterprise has depended on an insistence that these gaps be filled by natural explanations, logically derived from confirmable evidence. Because "intelligent design" theories are based on supernatural explanations, they can have nothing to do with science." - Bruce Alberts

"If an artist comes intuitively from the point of design, notan - lightness/darkness - is natural." - Sara Genn

"Britain's great strength is its innovative, design and engineering natural ability and we're not using it." - James Dyson

"Luck is the residue of design." - John Milton

"Good art inspires; Good design motivates." - Otl Aicher

"Just as the design of our bodies can be understood only in terms of natural selection, so the design of our minds can be understood only in terms of memetic selection." - Susan Blackmore

"About half of all design patterns out there [...] appear to be ways take perfectly natural design ideas and twist them to fit into someones static type system: recipes for pounding square pegs into round holes" - Steve Yegge

"Design in nature is but a concatenation of accidents, culled by natural selection until the result is so beautiful or effective as to seem a miracle of purpose." - Michael Pollan

"Design is the fundamental creative activity with which we direct our lives, and collectively, the earth's transformation from its original, natural state into our human-made world." - Michael Shannon

"Nature expresses a design of love and truth." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"Design must be proved before a designer can be inferred." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Pure, intense emotions. It's not about design. It's about feelings." - Alber Elbaz

"Design is where science and art break even." - Robin Mathews

"Accessible design is good design." - Steve Ballmer

"Design cannot be heard or read, it must be seen. Design is the structural link between the customers and the product. Content must be brought to the surface. And when a design is completed, it should seem natural and obvious. It should look like it is always been this way. And it should last." - Roger Black

"So our building of the visible Church becomes much like any natural business function, using natural means and natural motives." - Francis Schaeffer

"All I have is natural ability." - Mickey Mantle

"Chess is a natural cerebral high." - Walter Browne

"All I had was natural ability." - Mickey Mantle

"Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Interviewing people is pretty natural for me." - Nina Blackwood

"It is not the natural movement of film that gives the objects their expression, but the artistic movement, that is to say, a rhythmical movement regulated by itself in which variations and pulsations form a part of the artistic design." - Hans Richter

"Your Design mind (right brain) attends to the melody of life, whereas your Sign mind (left brain) attends to the notes that compose the melodies. And here is the key to natural writing: the melodies must come first." - Gabriele Lusser Rico

"Proponents of intelligent design don't accept that some of the very complex nanomachines that we have inside ourselves could have come about solely on the basis of natural selection." - Francis Collins

"Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection." - Richard Dawkins

"I think gardens are fantastic, and I'd love to draw and design and stuff like that. I love just planting flowers during the summer. There's something very humble about it, and natural and beautiful." - Ed Westwick

"And when comfort is what we want, one of the most powerful tonics alternative medicine offers is the word 'natural.' This word implies a medicine untroubled by human limitations, contrived wholly by nature or God or perhaps intelligent design. What 'natural' has come to mean to us in the context of medicine is 'pure' and 'safe' and 'benign'. But the use of 'natural' as a synonym for 'good' is almost certainly a product of our profound alienation from the natural world." - Eula Biss

"Airplanes were invented by natural selection. Now you can say that intelligent design designs our airplanes of today, but there was no intelligent design really designing those early airplanes. There were probably at least 30,000 different things tried, and when they crash and kill the pilot, don't try that again." - Burt Rutan

"Our crisis is a birth. We are one living system and we have come to the limit of one phase of natural growth on a finite planet We must learn ethical evolution quickly As we seek to facilitate a gentle birth, a graceful and nonviolent transition to the next stage of our evolution, we will discover a natural pattern, a design of our birth transition, and develop a plan to cooperate with this design." - Barbara Marx Hubbard

"No matter how much proponents of 'intelligent design' try to clothe their views in the apparel of science, it is what it is: religion. Whose intelligence? Whose design?" - Cynthia Tucker

"Verbalizing design is another act of design." - Kenya Hara

"Desire reveals design, and design reveals destiny." - John Eldredge

"Good design doesn't date. Bad design does." - Paul Rand

"I don't design clothes, I design dreams." - Ralph Lauren

"I studied literature design and fashion design." - Danielle Steel

"Peace is your natural state. It is the mind that obstructs the natural state." - Ramana Maharshi

"Just as war is the natural consequence of monopoly, peace is the natural consequence of liberty." - Gustave de Molinari

"Things don't ever stay the same. Natural beginnings come to natural or unnatural ends." - Kristin Cashore

"Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense,- nonsense upon stilts." - Jeremy Bentham

"Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo." - George Bernard Shaw

"The question is: exactly how did life get here? Was it by natural selection and random mutation or was it by something else? Everybody - even Richard Dawkins - sees design in biology. You see this design when you see co-ordinated parts coming together to perform a function - like in a hand. And so it's the appearance of design that everybody's trying to explain. So that if Darwin's theory doesn't explain it we're left with no other explanation than maybe it really was designed. That's essentially the design argument." - Michael Behe

"The fundamental claim of intelligent design is straightforward and easily intelligible: namely, there are natural systems that cannot be adequately explained in terms of undirected natural forces and that exhibit features which in any other circumstance we would attribute to intelligence." - William A Dembski

"Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living." - Agatha Christie

"The boundaries of design are the same as the problem of perception." - John Hench

"You can't do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously." - Wim Crouwel

"Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information." - Edward Tufte

"To implement a true urban renaissance, you first need a Grand Design elaborated by strong leadership ." - Minoru Mori

"Simple design, intense content." - Edward Tufte

"Think more design less" - Ellen Lupton

"Good design is forever." - Van Day Truex

"Good design is honest." - Dieter Rams

"Design is people." - Jane Jacobs

"Everything is design. Everything!" - Paul Rand

"Design is everything. Everything!" - Paul Rand

"Design is an unknown." - Geoffrey Beene

"Design is everything." - William Merritt Chase

"Good design doesn't date." - Harry Seidler

"Building design isn't trendy." - Kevin Mccloud

"I love design." - Venus Williams

"For thirty years most interface design, and most comptuer design, has been headed down the path of the "dramatic" machine. Its highest idea is to make a computer so exciting, so wonderful, so interesting, that we never want to be without it. A less-traveled path I call the "invisible"; its highest idea is to make a computer so imbedded, so fitting, so natural, that we use it without even thinking about it." - Mark Weiser

"Man's brain is, after all, the greatest natural resource." - Karl Brandt

"The beauty of the natural world lies in the details." - Natalie Angier

"Humankind's greatest priority is to reintegrate with the natural world." - Jonathon Porritt

"Where there is friendship, there is our natural soil." - Voltaire

"Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity." - Joseph Addison

"Humility is a natural symptom of those who love God." - Radhanath Swami

"Love is like Pi: natural, irrational, and very important." - Lisa Hoffman

"The desire to know is natural to good men." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"the 'natural' is not necessarily a 'human' value." - Shulamith Firestone

"Our natural inclination is to hide ourselves from God." - R C Sproul

"We all fear what we don't know - it's natural." - Leo Buscaglia

"Natural joy brings no headaches and no heartaches." - Elbert Hubbard

"Don't exaggerate. Just give your natural bitchy selves full rein" - Steig Larsson

"The natural object is always the adequate symbol." - Ezra Pound

"You make me feel like a natural man" - Carole King

"Making mistakes is natural. Making mistakes is how we learn." - Robert Kiyosaki

"People get jealous and stuff. I guess its natural." - Josh Flitter

"I've got to find local farmers and get natural foods." - Sharon Jones

"It is natural that affluence should be followed by influence." - Augustus Hare

"It's as large as life, and twice as natural!" - Lewis Carroll

"Since labour is motion, time is its natural measure." - Karl Marx

"There is a natural hootchy-kootchy motion to a goldfish." - Walt Disney

"What appears spectral today will be natural tomorrow." - Franz Marc

"Natural selection eliminates and maybe maintains, but it doesn't create." - Lynn Margulis

"It's natural that I want to recreate a home." - Robin Birley

"It is natural to die as to be born." - Francis Bacon

"Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Your true passion should feel like breathing; it's that natural." - Oprah Winfrey

"I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes." - Anonymous

"Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Throughout his last half-dozen books, for example, Arthur Koestler has been conducting a campaign against his own misunderstanding of Darwinism. He hopes to find some ordering force, constraining evolution to certain directions and overriding the influence of natural selection. [...] Darwinism is not the theory of capricious change that Koestler imagines. Random variation may be the raw material of change, but natural selection builds good design by rejecting most variants while accepting and accumulating the few that improve adaptation to local environments." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Interesting - I use a Mac to help me design the next Cray.(when he was told that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the next Mac )" - Seymour Cray

"There's more to be learned here [St. Andrews] about course design than anywhere. Collection bunkers, false fronts, bump shots. The fundamentals of design became fundamental because of what's here. And it happened accidentally. Or maybe accidentally on purpose." - Jack Nicklaus

"The thing that's important is not something called design; it's how you live, its life itself. Design really comes from that. You cannot separate what you do from your life." - Dan Kiley

"Content informs design; design without content is decoration." - Jeffrey Zeldman

"Design is not art. Design is utilitarian, art is not." - Massimo Vignelli

"The difference between good design and great design is INTELLIGENCE" - Tibor Kalman

"If you can design one thing, you can design everything." - Massimo Vignelli

"Design isn't risky-change is. Good design mitigates that risk." - Jeffrey Veen

"Nature gropes and blunders and performs the crudest acts. There is no steady advance upward. There is no design." - Oliver Sacks

"You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt... or in front of a piece of graphic design." - Stefan Sagmeister

"3 pencils and quadrille pads.(when asked what CAD tools he used to design the Cray I supercomputer )" - Seymour Cray

"Grid systems in graphic design" - Josef Muller-Brockmann

"Good design is serious business." - Alan G. Lafley

"Design really can be anything." - Paula Scher

"Design always has a purpose." - Paula Scher

"Design cannot rescue failed content." - Edward Tufte

"I've always loved interior design." - Genie Francis

"Golf course design is exciting." - Tom Kite

"Good design should be honest." - Ferdinand Porsche

"Good design is good business." - Ian Schrager

"Good design is good business." - Thomas J Watson

"Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order." - Bill Mollison

"Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments...Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life supporting system for city and country, using the smallest practical area." - Bill Mollison

"The Church's basic moral principle regarding reproductive technologies is this: if a given technology assists the marital embrace in achieving its natural end, it can be morally acceptable, even praiseworthy. However, if it replaces the marital embrace as the means by which the child is conceived, it's not in keeping with God's design." - Christopher West

"Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors." - Leatrice Eiseman

"I think that it's worthwhile to explore the ways in which you write the person that's writing your plays as opposed to simply assuming that it's all a natural process and there's no design in it. Because your public persona is designed, to a certain extent, and you can have fun and profit at various times doing that." - Tony Kushner

"They say, you know, about evolution, it surely happened because their fossil record shows that. Look, my body and your body are miracles of design. Scientists are pretending they have the answer as how we got this way when natural selection couldn't possibly have produced such machines." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Looking back, video game design seems a natural fit, although there was no such thing when I was growing up. I built a Tic-Tac-Toe playing machine in my teens which went up in smoke on the night it was scheduled to go to a science fair." - David Crane

"If I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child's natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn't possibly do as good a job as is currently being done-I simply wouldn't have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soul-crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education." - Paul Lockhart

"Space doesn't offer an escape from Earth's problems. And even with nuclear fuel, the transit time to nearby stars exceeds a human lifetime. Interstellar travel is therefore, in my view, an enterprise for post-humans, evolved from our species not via natural selection, but by design." - Martin Rees

"Through our evolution, we're so specialized for social interaction. So, if you can really design robots that can interact with people, in this very natural, interpersonal way, I think that would be great. You wouldn't have to have people read manuals, in order to operate them." - Cynthia Breazeal

"I think one of the most important investments an organization like TNC [The Nature Conservancy] can make is in helping build local capacity - supporting the growth of a global network of small community-based entities. Help people who live within critical ecosystems help themselves and their neighbors to design a better future relationship between themselves and their natural resources." - Edward Norton

"Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration." - Jeffrey Zeldman

"Good design is innovative 2. Good design makes a product useful 3. Good design is aesthetic 4. Good design makes a product understandable 5. Good design is unobtrusive 6. Good design is honest 7. Good design is long-lasting 8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail 9. Good design is environmentally friendly 10. Good design is as little design as possible" - Dieter Rams

"The new advocates of ID [Intelligent Design] ask that their ideas be judged by scientific, not religious, criteria. OK, let's see how well ID stacks up as a scientific alternative to Darwinism. To gauge how well ID is doing as a platform for scientific research, I logged into the best database of the biological literature. A search for keyword 'evolution' yielded 24,000 hits in the last decade. A search for 'intelligent design' yielded not a single piece of research. Evolution by natural selection remains the basis of every successful biological research program." - Chet Raymo

"The argument from design is ultimately an appeal to miraculous causes, i.e., causes that do not, and cannot, occur in the natural course of events. This is why an explanation via design is not a legitimate alternative to scientific and other naturalistic modes of explanation. To refer to a miraculous cause is to refer to something that is inherently unknowable, and this sanctuary of ignorance explains nothing at all. However much it may soothe the imagination of the ignorant, it does nothing to satisfy the understanding of a rational person." - George H. Smith

"Jay Harman is the quintessential biomimic, a principled inventor who sees solutions everywhere he looks in the natural world. And he looks deeply, with the soul of a student. He moves with grace from a world of waving sea kelp to the world of sustainable design, bringing nature's wisdom into the board rooms of global companies, to the design tables of the engineers and designers who make our world. This is more than a business book, more than a memoir, more than a new way to solve global challenges. It's a book about a new way to think." - Janine Benyus

"To the natural philosopher, there is no natural object unimportant or trifling. From the least of Nature's works he may learn the greatest lessons." - John Herschel

"You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state." - Sharon Gannon

"what are the objects of an useful American education? classical knowlege, modern languages & chiefly French, Spanish, & Italian; Mathematics; Natural philosophy; Natural History; Civil History; Ethics." - Thomas Jefferson

"Natural events have completely destroyed this planet on numerous occasions in the past, and just like them we are a natural event destroying this planet." - Bryan Kest

"I really like natural, warm finishes. I like any of the natural stones, the oiled wood that is kind of a pre-finished flooring. I'm very tactile." - Bryan Baeumler

"I support the protection of life from conception to natural death. But a natural death for murder is a death on the gallows." - Janusz Korwin-Mikke

"Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities." - John Ruskin

"If I were to give a prize for the single best idea anybody ever had, I'd give it to Darwin for the idea of natural selection - ahead of Newton, ahead of Einstein - because his idea unites the two most disparate features of our universe: the world of purposeless, meaningless matter and motion, particles jostling on the one side, and the world of meaning and purpose, design on the other." - Daniel Dennett

"The traditional view of purpose says it comes from on high, from God, from the Creator. Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition. Whereas people used to think of meaning coming from on high and being ordained from the top down, now we have Darwin saying, "No, all of this design can happen, all of this purpose can emerge from the bottom up without any direction at all."" - Daniel Dennett

"Our design, not respecting arts, but philosophy, and our subject, not manual, but natural powers, we consider chiefly those things which relate to gravity, levity, elastic force, the resistance of fluids, and the like forces, whether attractive or impulsive; and therefore we offer this work as mathematical principles of philosophy; for all the difficulty of philosophy seems to consist in this from the phenomena of motions to investigate the forces of nature, and then from these forces to demonstrate the other phenomena..." - Isaac Newton

"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." - Paul Rand

"You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Cryptography shifts the balance of power from those with a monopoly on violence to those who comprehend mathematics and security design." - Jacob Appelbaum

"I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be and to some degree, the woman I'm still a little piece of." - Diane Von Furstenberg

"Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance." - Francois Truffaut

"Good design, like good painting, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations." - George Nelson

"I understand that, today, some developers are asking architects to design eye-catching, iconic buildings. Fortunately, I've not had that kind of client so far." - Fumihiko Maki



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