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Ed Regis

As he searched the physics literature on the long-term future of the universe, Dyson noticed that the available papers on the subject shared a certain strange peculiarity. “The striking thing about these papers,” Dyson recalled afterward, “is that they are written in an apologetic or jocular style, as if the authors were begging us not to take them seriously.”

It was not a proper use of your time, apparently, to imagine what might or might not happen to the universe some billions of years down the road—a prejudice that was rather surprising in view of the fact that many physicists nonetheless lavished huge amounts of recycled paper, time, and attention on what had happened billions of years in the past.

Ed Regis, Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly over the Edge, London, 1991, p. 270

Adolfo Bioy Casares

–¿Qué haría usted si supiera con seguridad que un día determinado acaba el mundo?

–No diría nada, por causa de las criaturas–respondió Ramírez–, pero dejaría anotado en un papelito que en el día de la fecha era el fin del mundo, para que vieran que yo lo sabía.

Adolfo Bioy Casares, ‘Tema del fin del mundo’, in Guirnalda con amores, Buenos Aires, 1959, p. 99