Sorry, but I'm just getting back to the site and reading VOSE this morning. These questions may be a bit late, but I still found them interesting.
How did Carl Sagan define superstition? A: Belief without evidence.
Who made the first explicit statement anywhere that the stars we see in the night sky are part of a concentration of stars that we now call the Milky Way Galaxy, one with a specific shape and a specific center? A: Thomas Wright
Discussion question: Does Sagan's Spinoza-esque use of god-language and adding a religious/spiritual element to scientific facts inhibit or enhance the understanding of facts about reality?
Here's a piece in Salon entitled Cosmic Terror: Why Neil deGrasse Tyson has religious fundamentalists so freaked. The implication is that geocentricism and anthropocentrism are theologically unfathomable for some.