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Gary Cook, who studies energy policy: “The Internet is the single biggest thing we’re going to build as a species.”

Daniel MacArthur, who studies genetics: “Every single one of us is walking around with hundreds of genetic changes that look like they should cause disease, but actually don’t.”

What Kim Henke, who advocates against fear of Islam at her child’s school, has been accused of: “Working for Obama, working for George Soros. I’m also a solstice-worshipper—that’s one I’ve gotten, too.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)