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Monday, March 31, 2014

Sagan time

I'm excited that we're about to embark on another voyage with Carl Sagan, via the Gifford Lectures (delivered five years after the original airing of Cosmos) that became Varieties of Scientific Experience. The inevitable prelude: the first and last episodes, and (of course) the Pale Blue Dot.

“The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”

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