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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:

http://joshuagough.blogspot.com/2007/06/eternally-curious-carl-sagan.html

Sagan reading a passage from his book Pale Blue Dot

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Comment by Marc Draco on July 25, 2011 at 3:19pm
Are you looking for the eBook?
Comment by Marc Draco on July 25, 2011 at 2:52pm
It's from Contact (1985).
Comment by Donegal on March 26, 2011 at 5:08pm
If anyone is interested in book clubs, The Atheist Book Club on GoodReads.com is getting ready to read The Demon Haunted World starting April 1st.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on March 6, 2011 at 2:25pm
Well said Michael, and I feel the same way Tez!
Comment by Tezcatlipoca on March 5, 2011 at 1:22pm
Awesome and appropriate words, Michael. Sagan taught me that you don't need superstition to be inspired. Phenomena are sufficiently sublime to engender the combined feeling of being both infinitesimal and essentially connected to pretty much everything ("essential" is not a word I throw around liberally).
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on March 2, 2011 at 8:41am
The movie was very good...the book was amazing.
Comment by Roger Coudé on March 2, 2011 at 7:54am

By the way, as a professional RF engineer, and amateur astronomer, Contact is my favorite movie ever. A sexy girl looking at the sidebands of a carrier on a spectrum analyzer, wow!

The only flaw is the committee believing that the origin of the message could be an hoax: Ellie should have contredicted that easily with the parallax between USA and Australia. Much better proof than the noise on the recorder...

Comment by Roger Coudé on March 2, 2011 at 7:44am

I have the book. The story of the book is differs. Much less romantic... But the science is great. In the book there are more than one person that take place in The Machine. You can get it for less than 10$ at Amazon.   

Comment by It's just Matt on March 1, 2011 at 11:30pm
Just watched Contact for the first time in a few years, now to find a copy of the book!!!
Comment by Aiden on March 1, 2011 at 5:49am
The entire Cosmos series is also available on Netflix via streaming and DVD.
 

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