Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

Happy Carl Sagan Day! He was born on this day in 1934. His career included astrophysics, cosmology, pioneering exobiology, promoting SETI and science communicator. He published over 600 papers and authored or co-authored over 20 books. He advocated scientific skeptical inquiry. He wrote and starred in the wonderful series COSMOS. He wrote the book Contact that was made into a movie n 1997 starring Jody Foster. He taught at Cornell University and one course he taught was critical thinking. He died on December 20 1996 from pneumonia as a complication of myelodysplasia. The great Carl Sagan was described as arrogant or conceited by some. But it was he who along with James Randy are the God Fathers of the modern Scientific Skeptical Movement. He described the small blue dot, that was the earth as seen from voyager as it left the solar system with such eloquence that it still makes me cry with appreciation. We miss you Carl for there will never be another one like you.
Peace Skeptical DoDo

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