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Carl Sagan Fans

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Comment by Gary Bergeron on January 14, 2010 at 6:49pm
Very nicely put, Gregory. The universe described in Genesis pales compared to the universe described by science. There's just no contest.
Very nicely put, Frink. If one reads The Ancestors Tale by Dawkins and then reads Shadow Of Our Ancestors by Sagan and Druyan, one can see where you're coming from.
Comment by Dave G on January 14, 2010 at 2:12pm
Now that's something I wish I could see, Gregory.
Comment by Dave G on January 14, 2010 at 11:04am
But yes, Carl Sagan is still one of the greats. I recommend Demon-Haunted World to anyone interested in science and skepticism, and Pale Blue Dot to everyone.
Comment by Dave G on January 14, 2010 at 11:03am
Let's not forget Michio Kaku, who has recently begun a new series on the Science Channel, Physics of the Impossible, named after his most excellent book.
Comment by Neil on January 14, 2010 at 8:35am
I enjoy Tyson when I see him on TV and in clips on youtube, though I've yet to read any of his books. I have one of them on my list to read at the moment though. Cool guy.

But yeah, Carl Sagan is one of a kind. Just finished up "The Varieties of the Scientific Experience - A Personal View of the Search for God", which was a collection of lectures he gave in the 80's put into text format. Excellent, especially the Q&A section toward the back of the book. Fun seeing him respond, because he can always get his point across without the opposition ever seeming to get mad. Something Richard Dawkins seems incapable of doing.

That's not to say I don't enjoy Dawkins' style, I just think Sagan's is more effective.
Comment by Reggie on January 14, 2010 at 7:40am
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an excellent popularizer of science, but another Carl Sagan he is not.

There is only one Carl. Tyson is Tyson. In the middle of watching Cosmos via Netflix streaming at the moment. I have never sat and watched it from beginning to end as I am doing now, an episode or two a night. Great stuff and Demon Haunted world is still the quintessential primer for skepticism and science.
Comment by Frink on January 14, 2010 at 2:20am
Dawkins words often leave me with a sense of motivation. Sagan's, with wonder.
Comment by Gary Bergeron on January 13, 2010 at 11:58pm
As Richard Dawkins once said of Sagan, Carl was incapable of composing a dull sentence. How true!
After leaving the Catholic religion in my teens, I began to dabble in astrology, pyramid power and other sources of flim-flam.
Then I saw Cosmos on PBS and Dr. Sagan literally saved me from drowning in an ocean bamboozle and clap trap.
I started reading everything I could find that he penned.
The question that rolls around my head is: Can there be anyone that could come close to replacing him?
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an excellent popularizer of science, but another Carl Sagan he is not.
Thanks for letting me join the group!
Comment by Neil on January 11, 2010 at 12:08pm
I only wish I were young enough to have followed him during his lifetime, but I didn't even discover him until well into my adult life.
 

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