Posted by: Andrew G | January 29, 2010

Carl Sagan Offers Perspective

Been thinking a little bit more about perspective, and this drew me back to Carl Sagan. This is a short, wonderful video that helps to explain our current situation.

“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant’? Instead they say, ‘No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.’ A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”`  -Carl Sagan

I just learned this a little while ago– did you know it was  only about 80 years ago that we figured out the universe was larger (much larger) than our own Milky Way Galaxy? 80 years! That is like only one lifetime in which to process a rather drastic change in how we see the cosmos.

“The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” –Michel Foucault


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