Carl Sagan’s Wisdom Returns

Although Carl Sagan died almost a decade ago, we will receive the benefits of his wisdom once again. The New York Times reports on the publication of The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God based on a series of lectures exploring the boundary between science and religion that Sagan gave 1985. The book was edited by his widow Ann Druyan.

As the article notes, we desperately need such voices of reason today:

In his absence, the public discourse on his favorite issues — the fate of the planet, the beauty and mystery of the cosmos — has not fared well. The teaching of evolution in public schools has become a bitter bone of contention; NASA tried to abandon the Hubble Space Telescope and censor talk of climate change; and of course, religious fanatics crashed jetliners into the World Trade Center, leading to a war in the Middle East that has awakened memories in some corners of the Crusades.

Update: Carl Sagan’s Battle Against Scientific Illiteracy and Irrationality

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