Friday, November 12, 2010

Carl Sagan's Birthday

... was three days ago. I know I'm late, but I was busy watching awesome videos on YouTube and arguing that atheism isn't true. Nevertheless, November 9 is Carl Sagan Day, which is the anniversary of the birth of a man who was one of the most influential advocates for science throughout the world, whose work is honored still today.

According to the Carl Sagan Day website, next year's celebration event of Carl Sagan Day will occur on November 5. Looks like we'll have even more reason to remember, remember, the Fifth of November in 2011.

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.

- Carl Sagan

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Ahab said...

I just started reading Sagan's book, THIS DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD, and I'm really enjoying it so far.

Bud said...

That's an incredible book.