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Carl Sagan quote from 1995

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Nov 28, 2021, 8:10 PM
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I have a foreboding of America in my children or grandchildren's time--when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeability question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America, the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites(now down to ten seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations of pseudoscience, and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance".


-Carl Sagan 1995, The Demon-Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark

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Nov 28, 2021, 8:15 PM
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Took the words right out of my mouth!

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I’ll bite….so what


Nov 28, 2021, 8:34 PM
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Democratic ( I didn’t say Democrat) decisions/policies could have avoided this situation Sagan describes?

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Nov 28, 2021, 9:10 PM
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The book has little to do about politics, but points out the tendency for people to choose delusional thinking over accepting uncomfortable truths, and that the scientific method is the only solution forward for humanity. He does not bash religion, yet embraces the positive aspects of its impact on morality, but cautions us not to hold it in the same place as science. The book also paints a historical perspective on how we have witnessed this same ebb and flow, and rise and fall of civilizations throughout history. He spends a lot of time examining the dark ages, it is a fascinating read. He also mentions several times that you should treat every unsubstantiated or undocumented claim like a used car salesman.

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Nov 28, 2021, 9:52 PM
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See I don’t see religion and science as mutually exclusive. To me, science is our best attempts to only begin to understand things that a much greater being than ourselves created.

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Nov 28, 2021, 9:58 PM
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T3 you nailed it. It’s comical watching science try to explain away the existence and wonders of God.

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If a scientist were able to prove the existence


Nov 29, 2021, 7:45 PM
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of a divine creator, so convincingly so that the entire world was brought to the same common belief, they would win the Nobel prize, and just about every other award imaginable. History would remember them as THE most influential figure in all of recorded civilization, so bullshit on your claim.

Science does NOT discount the idea of a divine creator, or god, it just lacks the evidence. Astrophysicists and cosmologists like Sagan devote their entire lives attempting to make sense of our existence, however, they lack the arrogance to claim that they have the answers, religion however does.

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Nov 29, 2021, 7:55 PM
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"A divine creator" and "religion" are far from the same thing.
This is a common problem... when misguided individuals conflate the two.

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Nov 29, 2021, 8:14 PM
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Religion is just another form of science in disguise which attempts to explain an inherent truth by means of fallible concepts conjured up through insufficient knowledge.

You can probably give me a definition of truth, but the scientific method cannot prove it.

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Nov 29, 2021, 8:25 PM
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that would be what Sagan referred to as pseudo science. Science is a method employing mathematics as its language. It relies on accepted truths, or facts to make further assumptions. Religion had us to believe that the earth was the center of the Universe, Capurnicous and Galileo were tortured in their dungeons for suggesting otherwise, by none other than religion. Science eventually proved them right, and their observations were deemed true, and eventually accepted by most religious institutions. Had science not persisted, we would still be living in the dark ages where superstitions and myth, or religion, rules human consciousness.

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Nov 29, 2021, 8:43 PM
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"It relies on 'accepted' truths, (or facts???) to make further 'assumptions'."

SCIENCE... how can it prove or disprove where the center of the universe is located without knowing it's boundaries?

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Nov 29, 2021, 8:57 PM
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it hasn't, it did however prove that the sun was the center of our solar system, among other things.

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Nov 29, 2021, 9:21 PM
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I'm just challenging the whole 'SCIENCE' argument.

Heck, I get a lot of things right, so do you...and Tony Fauci...and SCIENCE!
(especially the obvious stuff)

But am I infallible... NO!, certainly not, and neither is SCIENCE.

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Nov 28, 2021, 8:55 PM
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Balm, rarely do I agree your philosophical posts, but F an A on this one! That Sagan's prescience cannot be denied is almost as impressive as the fact that he wrote that many words while employing but a single period.

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Nov 28, 2021, 9:12 PM
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he was a smart dude, I have read a couple of his books and watched almost all of his interviews. I wish he was still alive today, we need a voice of reason.

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Nov 28, 2021, 10:09 PM
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“when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeability question those in authority”

That time, is now.

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Nov 29, 2021, 7:23 AM
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Trumptards

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Nov 29, 2021, 8:14 AM
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Trump 24

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Nov 29, 2021, 9:00 AM
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True. Trump loves everyone, especially Americans.

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Nov 29, 2021, 9:18 AM
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Trump loves himself and uses others. Most people realize that.

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Nov 29, 2021, 12:03 PM
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hush then finish your sentence

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Nov 29, 2021, 12:02 PM
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leftie complains about losing manufacturing jobs in the us
trump brings jobs back
leftie complains about trump

then calls other folks dumb





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Nov 29, 2021, 4:45 PM
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I've posted this quote before.

He is basically foreshadowing the dumbcrats. With a career working around the government, I can definitely see a difference now compared to the decade before, and before that. Bureaucrats (mostly dems majoring in whatever is easy) are making decisions that have little-to-no knowledge about the domain they are in.

You dumbcrats love big and dumb gubment. It's a pity. You love social media with the 22 year old fact checkers that ufcking know nothing themselves. You love the 144 character explanation of, well, everything. The woke crowd: "Let's get together this weekend, smoke some pot, and have a hack-a-thon to write the next Microsoft Word. It's all so easy, and we are so smart." Sorry folks, only works this way in the liberal echo chamber, not in the real world.

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