I, too, was deeply affected by the "Cosmos" series, and by Carl and his hypnotic, velvet voice. Before that broadcast, I had never had much interest in outer space, but he woke me up to the wonder that is our universe! What a loss!
It appears not everyone in Care2 respects Carl Sagan.
Well, let the Care2 admin decide that! What irks me is that the mysterious flagger strikes me and then does not explain openly why he did it.
Cowardice I have no regard for. Anonymous flagging or voting on flagged posts should not be allowed because it allows for no accountability for either the flaggers or the voters.
Carl Sagan was a tremendous individual, a pioneering spirit in science and in bridging the gap between science and the public. I have read numerous books by his, watched the series, movies, etc. and all of them have that stroke of humanity that makes his work so accessible to all. A lot of times scientists lose themselves in their work, and quite often are unable to relate back to the public, either in terms of their own work or in general social experiences. Carl was different. He was both a great scientist and a great educator. He was able to instill that sense of amazement at the universe, at science, from the tiniest atom to the largest galaxy. That is sorely lacking from a lot of the scientific teaching community as well, and they would do well to look to him to help positively motivate kids to do research and science for its own sake (i.e. not for monetary or celebrity rewards). His loss will be sorely missed by all who continue to wonder at the universe at large, but he will always remain in our hearts.
(I could go on and on and on and on, but there's not enough space.)
Thank you for posting the Tribute in Care2 Feedback & Suggestion, an appropriate place for many admirers of Dr. Carl Sagan.
I remember how (many years back) I would save some money to buy Carl's wonderful Books, the first one was "COSMOS", a hard bound large Book with a very beautiful cover, and I spent many an afternoon reading his book! I also remember waking up early every Sunday morning and free myself from anything other to watch an hour long COSMOS series on Television. I remember his clear and distinct speech begining each of the series being shown. His explanation and appropriate use of words and clarity impressed me greatly! Yes, he is my hero, a source of scientific knowledge. His quest into unbound Space became my quest too!
Carl Sagan had five children including his son Nick, whose voice was immortalized at age six as a greeting on the Voyager Interstellar Record. This is what Nick Sagan had to say about his father recently.
My dad was a scientist and my mom's a writer, so there was definitely influence from both sides of the family. My relationship with my dad started out good and became great. There are so many kids who, when they're growing up, ask their parents questions -- "Why is the sky blue?" -- and get told, "Look it up!" or "Be quiet!" My dad, on the other hand, was the best teacher I could have had. A lot of times we'd be looking up at the stars, and we'd have philosophical discussions about where science and religion intersect, things like that. Of all the genres of fiction, I think science fiction is the one that comes closest to addressing these kinds of big questions.
He was the kind of father who loved to teach you about things he knew, but he also loved to learn. And there were some things we bonded over that had nothing to do with either—basketball, for example. Mainly, I feel incredibly lucky. As one of the leading astronomers of our time, he had an amazing ability to make complicated things understandable, and as a kid you have all these questions about how the universe works. I learned so much from him. On the other hand, there were times when his fame lent my childhood a surreal quality.
My school would show episodes of Cosmos, and so I’d be in science class watching my dad on television. Or we’d go out somewhere together and fans would come over wanting autographs, telling him he’d changed their lives. That would be cool, but it would also cut into our time together. I didn’t live with him growing up, so we tried to make every moment count.
I missed that you had been flagged. I do not understand this. But based on the discussion here, it was a lowly act to flag without first announcing oneself and making a personal complaint here for discussion and understanding.
I will always honor Carl Sagan's enthusiasm and his teachings. He brought science and love of this universe to the nation. He gave us inspiration to continue learning about ourselves in the midst of the cosmos.
We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
Carl Sagan on evolution
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Still a glorious masterpiece after 27 years!
THANK YOU DALE,
I REALLY APPRECIATED CARL SAGAN, HE WAS A PEER (IN MY AGE BRACKET) WHO ACHIEVED SO MUCH IN SO LITTLE TIME.
HE WAS CALLED BACK SO EARLY.
KUDOS CARL. WE MISS YOU.
He was brilliant as an author. I particularly enjoyed three books, Contact, Dragons of Eden and Broca's Brain.