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Tina Collier, a Donald Trump supporter: “I really am worried that if he keeps saying some of what he’s been saying he might drive people away.”

Steven Allison, a biology professor: “Dead animals are big, concentrated blobs of protein and fat, and these microbes are lurking in the soil ready to start eating our bodies when we die.”

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Chris Urmson, who designs self-driving cars, on the early response to elevators: “You couldn’t possibly imagine relinquishing your life to this thing. So it was people’s job to sit in the elevator and press the button for you—because it was so complicated.”