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It is the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand

It is the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand It is the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand
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2001: A Space Odyssey
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2001: A Space Odyssey
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So far, the hard black material of the slab had resisted all the rather mild attempts that Michaels and his colleagues had made to obtain samples. They had no doubt that a laser beam would cut into it—for, surely, nothing could resist that frightful concentration of energy—but the decision to employ such violent measures would be left to Floyd. He had already decided that X rays, sonic probes, neutron beams, and all other nondestructive means of investigation would be brought into play before he called up the heavy artillery of the laser.

It was the mark of a barbarian to destroy something one could not understand; but perhaps men were barbarians, beside the creatures who had made this thing. 

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