‘butterfly effect’

‘If a single flap of a butterfly’s wings can be instrumental in generating a tornado, so also can all the previous and subsequent flaps of its wings, as can the flaps of the wings of millions of other butterflies, not to mention the activities of innumerable more powerful creatures, including our own species.’   

‘If the flap of a butterfly’s wings can be instrumental in generating a tornado, it can equally well be instrumental in preventing a tornado.’

Edward Lorenz, ‘Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?’, paper presented at the Global Atmospheric Research Program Conference,  Boston, December 1972

our common links

‘Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.’

President John F. Kennedy , ‘A Strategy of Peace’ speech, American University, June 10, 1963

‘Nuclear explosions in the atmosphere are slowly but progressively poisoning our air, our earth, our water and our food. And it falls, let us remember, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, on all peoples of all lands, regardless of their political ideology, their way of life, their religion or the color of their skin. Beneath this bombardment of radiation which man has created, all men are indeed equal’.

excerpt from ‘Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy at Wisconsin Association of Student Councils, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2, 1960’.

More excerpts from this speech here

‘The DNA sequence in your genes is on average 99.9% identical to ANY other human being’

Dr Aaron Shafer, Stanford University, March 17, 2006