Incredible. Maybe not the best choice for the first thing I watch today, but a timeless message nonetheless. And Sagan delivers it here with devastating effectiveness.
"We accepted the products of science, but rejected its methods." That pretty much sums it up right there. I really hope we can sort this one out.
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
I totally want that book.
I grew up with Cosmos. Looking at the pictures as a small child, then reading it and coming back to it as a young adult.
I think it had a definite effect. Not that I was inoculated against religion in a bullshit sort of way, but rather the opposite. The sense of wonder and awe at the universe we live in, and faith (as well as wonder and awe) in the human potential and striving to understand it has strongly informed my practice of Buddhism.
The text's warning about the tendency of religious political structures to stifle that potential has only helped me to diligently maintain that inquisitive, investigative, and above all open and curious, mindset that so many people who say that they believe in science have abandoned a long time ago, if indeed they ever had it at all.
|Caminante Nocturno |
Sagan is one of the very few people who can move me to tears.
"and somewhere just after hearing the broadcast opener of the Richard Heene variety hour season 4, utter silence..."
Carl Sagan is such a downer...
|Scrotum H. Vainglorious |
Lucky for him he didn't get to endure the Bush years like the rest of us.
And Pat Robertson is still alive.
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