Carl Sagan Fans

For fans of Carl Sagan's writings and productions like Cosmos and The Demon Haunted World. No one else in recent memory did more to bring science to the masses than Sagan. Join a group of others who enjoy his work!

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The Eternally Curious Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan had a curious mind for his entire life. In his book The Demon Haunted World he lamented the death of curiosity in high school students that he attributed in part to parents' obsession with either having an answer or making a question sound stupid when asked by their children.

Despite his critics, many in the scientific community itself, Sagan brought the human story of science to people, recognizing the responsibility to educate people in a way that spoke first to their humanity and second to their logic. We will do well to emulate this approach in the 21st century as we contend with all manners of illogic and unreason that he warned of in The Demon Haunted World.

His PBS series Cosmos still stands alone as a pinnacle of achievement in science communication. I wrote an essay for the ten-year-anniversary of his death entitled "The Eternally Curious Carl Sagan". You can read it here:

Sagan reading a passage from his book Pale Blue Dot

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Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 9, 2009 at 8:14am
I just got a copy of that and "the Dragons of Eden"!
Comment by Shannon M on November 7, 2009 at 10:21pm
Happy Carl Sagan Day!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 7, 2009 at 9:09pm
He died more than a decade ago...and it still makes me sad.
Comment by It's just Matt on November 7, 2009 at 1:49pm
Happy Carl Sagan Day!

Hooray for Skepticism! Boo for Superstition!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 5, 2009 at 10:44pm
He does have a very soothing voice! The same kind of sensitivity and humanity shows through in his writing, too.
Comment by Louis Davout on November 5, 2009 at 5:55pm
Sometimes i put on an episode of Cosmos to fall asleep to the sound of his soothing voice, is that weird? =)

Sounds like a good idea.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 4, 2009 at 1:51pm
Carl Sagan is my hero! He got me to appreciate science and he turned me atheist!
Comment by Louis Davout on November 1, 2009 at 6:33am
Comment by Shannon M on October 27, 2009 at 3:10pm
I don't if the Carl Sagan Day celebration on Nov 7 has been posted here or not, but for those who are interested the web page is here:
Comment by Roger Coudé on October 20, 2009 at 1:51pm
When I was a teenager, I was very impressed by those missionaries who dedicated their lives to the wealth of poor countries.
But, by the book, they are interested: their motivation is to earn their passage to the heaven... What about DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS / MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRE. Many of those doctors are atheists. They are acting by pure compassion, without earning a redemption at the end.
So why do people would be afraid of atheists? Would anybody refuse being cured by a doctor because he is an atheist?

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