Alas, poor Yorick. (Noor Khamis / Reuters)
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“So then we decided it was going to be Hamlet with lions,”—Rob Minkoff, director of Disney’s The Lion King.

“If you want to make your living as an artist, you paint whatever people ask you for,” —Daniel Anum Jasper, who paints movie posters in Ghana.

“You have to be careful you don’t sneeze or cough. Or breathe too much,” —Jessica Glass, a geneticist, on sequencing DNA.

“I’ve got a non-physical, subjective experience of that sandwich. You know, the feely thing inside me. Consciousness,” —your brain, according to neuroscientist Michael Graziano.

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