In life, Carl Sagan was an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, as well as a critical thinker and skeptic. He played a major role in the American space program and was a consultant to NASA from the late 1950’s to his dead.
Sagan made it his life mission to help humanity think outside of the box and understand more about what some consider to be complex subjects. He did it with a kind of cheer that uplifted those around him. In his final interview, he issued two warnings to the human race.
“If the general public doesn’t understand science and technology, then who is making all of the decisions about science and technology that are going to determine what kind of future our children live in, some members of congress? There are only a handful who have any background in science at all, and some of them don’t even want to know about it.”
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces. I mean, who is running the science and technology in a democracy if the people don’t know anything about it.”
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
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