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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“Hopefully they are vegetarians and have gotten beyond the point of eating each other,” Philip Lubin, a physics professor, on the extraterrestrials he hopes will find Earth.

“We should not be using imperfect skills as reason to disqualify kids from membership in the group,” Amanda Moreno, an education professor.

“It wasn’t so long ago that West Virginia was probably the most solid Democratic state in the country,” James Green, a historian.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)