Carl Sagan Predicted The Current Disaster

“science is a way of skeptically interrogating the universe. with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us something is true, to skeptical of those in authority, then we are up for grabs for the next political charlatan who comes along” “this combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces”

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10 Responses to Carl Sagan Predicted The Current Disaster

  1. GWS says:

    Science has come a long way since he died. Many of his ideas have fallen apart. But I think he would be the first to welcome and champion the new discoveries.

    As for political charlatans who come along manipulating the science to us peons, he couldn’t have been more correct.

  2. GWS says:

    And the government running us is exactly what the dimocrats want.

  3. arn says:

    If we ignore the first sentence of this quote,
    then this statement is universally true,

    not just for science,but also for politics,news,history,religion etc.
    Lies always have a price,
    but it’s usually not the guy who sells the lies but those who buy the lies who’ll pay the price when the system is ruined.

    • Stuart Hamish says:

      Carl Sagan himself was prone to deceit and misinformation in his crusade to discredit the catastrophist ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky .[ Read ‘Velikovsky Reconsidered ‘] …..He wasn’t quite the rationalist zen warrior monk of science battling the ‘demon haunted world’ that many think he was ….That said I still greatly respect him .

  4. Logic n Reason says:

    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocation, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

    Yet in holding scientific discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

    President Eisenhower’s farewell speech

  5. Bonnie Krupp says:

    If you watch some of Sagan’s other videos, he is much more insidious about the world, government, poverty, etc..

  6. Torgo says:

    We remember that Carl Sagan’s boss at Cornell (Thomas Gold) agreed with the Russian/Ukrainian concept of hydrocarbons as abiogenic. As opposed to being “fossil fuels”. And Russia seems to know a thing or two about extracting hydrocarbons from the Earth.

  7. Anon says:

    Richard Feynmam nailed it also:

    I would rather have questions that can’t be answered, than have answers that can’t be questioned. — Richard Feynman .

    That makes me laugh every time I hear it. (lol)

  8. oldefarte says:

    Too bad Sagan did not pass on some of his wisdom to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who likes to claim that Sagan selected him as his successor on “Cosmos”, because Tyson is the essence of what science has become – NOT the process of inquiry described by Sagan but rather a form of religion – “Scientism” – in which the phrase “scientists say” has assumed the authority once reserved for “thus sayeth the Lord”. The “scientific truth” is pronounced by the Initiates to the unlettered and ignorant, who then respond by planting signs in their yards declaring that “We Believe… that science is real”. How much better it would be to actually KNOW some REAL SCIENCE.

    • oldefarte says:

      And, of course, “Scientism” thrives on precisely this “combustible combination of ignorance and technology” that Sagan worried about. More importantly, it has become the very purpose of modern governance to inculcate that ignorance. Here, for instance, in Oregon, our governor and legislature (in which the Dems have complete control and a legislative super-majority) has now passed an educational “reform” law which holds that it is no longer necessary, in order to get a HS diploma, that the graduate be able to demonstrate ANY degree of competence in science or math or history or English or in any other topic. That’s right, at 18 you will get a diploma even if you can’t read or write or make change. It is “Idiocracy” made reality and knowing that the answer is “two buckets” will make you the smartest person in the State. In less than a generation, the Progressives who now run Oregon will have precisely the mass of ignorant sheep they need in order to do anything they want.

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