A Candle in the Dark

A look on science, politics, religion and events

Happy Birthday Carl Sagan!

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He was born on November 9, 1934. If he were alive, he’d have turned 73.

Some of his quotes,

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

I wish he was still alive, the world desperately needs more people like him.

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Written by parseval

November 9, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Posted in people

4 Responses

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  1. Great post. I ordered a poster of “pale blue dot” a week ago. It hasn’t arrived, but I am eagerly awaiting. When people ask me about religion, I wish to say that I am a Saganist.

    deadhouse

    November 19, 2007 at 4:22 am

  2. ‘A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.’
    Brilliant!
    And be not worried. Every era produces a person with that much-wanted combination of common sense (or, to employ your pet term, critical thinking) and ability to reach out to the millions.

    N

    December 15, 2007 at 12:02 pm

  3. To deadhouse: There seem to be quite a few people who think that Carl’s perspective ought to be the basis for a new “religion”. In fact, even The Sagan Himself, seemingly mused the point when he said that (paraphrasing here) eventually a religion will arise that will be based upon nature as revealed by science.

    Sagan Worshipper

    January 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  4. Such a system of belief based on logic, reasoning and empirical evidence already exists, and it’s called Science! It’s the antitheses of any of the major conventional religions, so I’d hardly label it as a religion.

    parseval

    January 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm


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