Video Tribute to Carl Sagan

by Luke Muehlhauser on September 7, 2010 in Video

callumCGLP has so far made 4 video tributes to Carl Sagan:

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Bill Maher September 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

I am glad you are giving this series publicity. I really enjoyed it.

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Iulianus September 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I second Bill Maher’s statement. This series truly deserves it, it really is astonishing. This, along with the Symphony of Science, have moved me in a deeper way than anything ever before. These are a must-see for every Enchanted Naturalist out there.

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mojo.rhythm September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I third Bill’s statement and second Iulianus’s statement!

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Rob September 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Among other things, Sagan is so good at expressing how childish and petty religious viewpoints are.

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G'DIsraeli September 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Sagan was inspiration for all of us, another dude I could be proud of being a part of my Jewish heritage. Tho, he was very private about this. Will never know his direct opinion.
By the way Hawking’s The Grand Deign by opens with “philosophy is dead.” Why do scientists like to proclaim this?

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G'DIsraeli September 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

How come people Like Sagan, lamp together philosophy & religion? baffles me

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Hermes September 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Sagan was able to see and express the poetry — not specifically a hard philosophy — in reality. Science encouraged that perspective and included a level of rigor with it. This is why he was able to write fiction as well as do and explain science.

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Bill Maher September 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

G’DIsraeli,

because in many regards, it is. much to the chagrin of William Lane Craig, philosophy has ceded the big questions about the universe to physics.

“what is time?”
“how did the universe begin?”

are now scientific questions.

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Cody September 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

I recently re-watched Cosmos. Sagan has such a wonderful way of placing the Cosmos into perspective.

I often think of something he said in his last public speech after someone referred to him a a Super Hero of science.
“I don’t agree with the concept of the super hero; because having a super hero implies you don’t have to do anything for yourself.”
While Carl is a grand figure to the world of critical thinking we must be careful not to mar his memory by giving him mythic status. The man himself was simply that ,a carbon based life form, however to his ideas and concepts we are in great appreciation: We must continue to carry the torch of reason and inquiry too understand the Cosmos and ,if only in a small way,make it a better place.

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Eric September 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

G’DIsraeli –
By the way Hawking’s The Grand Deign by opens with “philosophy is dead.” Why do scientists like to proclaim this?

I think its mostly sensationalism. I get the feeling physicists don’t much like philosophers without real physics experience meddling in their area of expertise. For example, Craig’s Kalam argument…

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