Tag: Carl Sagan

Fall ’08 Reading List

I’ve compiled quite a list for the rest of this year. I’ve actually finished a few of these but I wanted to write them down so that I can keep the list up to date. Not that anyone really cares what I’m reading, but I go back to these lists to find conscious and unconscious ...

Pale Blue Dot

Awe, Humility, and Hope

The Zeitgeist is whispering in a new language and something strange is in the air. Something new is trying to be born. Perhaps it is only my experience – it may only be in America – but there is definitely a new awareness of our place in the universe that is slowly emerging. Friends and ...

Carl Sagan on Hinduism

I’ve written before about how influential Carl Sagan was in my childhood. Not only his views of science and philosophy but also his views on religion. My interest in Hinduism goes far back into my elementary school years when I discovered that there was a religion that had such a enormous vision of cosmos. I ...

The Realm of Gods and Ghosts

When I first saw Cosmos as a kid nothing fascinated me more than Sagan’s explanation of 4 dimensions. He used the concept of a tesseract to help illustrate hyper dimensionality. The concept is absolutely riveting the idea that there exists space around us that is unknowable because our cognitive apparatus is not up to the ...

Cosmos 25th Anniversary

When Carl Sagan died, one of my heroes was lost. After a two year battle with bone marrow cancer, Sagan died at age 62. His influence on my generation is hard to measure. As a kid, I remember Cosmos coming on PBS for the first time. I begged my parents to let me stay up ...

Champagne Supernova In the Sky

Even though I decided a long time ago that I would not live to see my 30th birthday, I just had my 33rd birthday. So biologically, I’ve made it. Spiritually, I can’t say the same. I think my life ended at 29. It’s only now as I wake up to the wreckage that I’ve left ...