I tried to develop some theories that took account of the uncertainty in the world and the complexity in the world.
– Herbert A. Simon
Betting on the success of innovative technologies in the marketplace can carry all the uncertainty and risk that betting on the next card in the deck does at a blackjack table in Las Vegas. There is a factor of randomness that must be factored in, but precisely how to do so is anyone’s guess.
– Henry Petroski
In response to the recession, the Obama administration chose to emphasize costly, short-term fixes – ineffective stimulus programs, myriad housing programs that went nowhere, and a rush to invest in ‘green’ companies. As a consequence, uncertainty over policy – particularly over tax and regulatory policy – slowed the recovery.
– Glenn Hubbard
I never appreciated ‘positive heroes’ in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more ‘productive’ literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.
– Jose Saramago