Yes, I know Carl Sagan Day was yesterday, but I figured I’d keep the good times rolling by dedicating this Song Sunday to Carl Sagan 🙂

Carl Sagan was probably the greatest popularizer of science we’ve ever had. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is doing what he can to fill Carl’s shoes, but will we ever have someone who could capture the imaginations of the public like Sagan could? Let’s hope so.

On the other hand, some might say that people like Richard Dawkins, while doing a good job promoting atheist and humanist thought, might be taking acceptance of science backward due to his provocative style.

Sagan was much less confrontational in his approach, at least in the earlier part of his career as a spokesperson for science. (Later, he wasn’t so reserved in his criticism.) Sagan probably thought fostering critical thinking and skepticism more productive than ridiculing people’s deeply-cherished beliefs.

“My parents were not scientists. They knew almost nothing about science. But in introducing me simultaneously to skepticism and to wonder, they taught me the two uneasily cohabiting modes of thought that are central to the scientific method.” — Carl Sagan

Unfortunately, the anti-science forces are mobilizing against us. As the public becomes more knowledgeable, they will become ever more doubtful of the claims made by the Religious Right. They’re very worried that their current (unconstitutional) privileges will go away, and that their beliefs will be made fun of like the woo that they are, and eventually die out. Rather than compete in a war of ideas, though, they’d rather spread lies about atheists and humanists and attempt to confuse people about what the science actually says.

Let’s not let that happen 🙂

Happy (belated) Carl Sagan Day! We miss you Carl. We could really use you right now, but your legacy will live on in modern-day “Carl Sagans” and in the inquisitive minds of tomorrow’s children.

~peace, RR

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