在成立30周年之际，the Committee for the Science Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal(CISCOP) 把名字更改为 Committee for Skeptical Inquiry(CSI)。而昨天，正是 CSICOP 创始人之一，值得尊敬的天文学家、教育家、作家和科普家 Carl Sagan 逝世10周年纪念日－－偏偏 Weblogs.us 又遇到 spam 攻击而无法发文。
I think the thing I learned most from him was the importance of that communication. It’s not enough that we know how cool the universe is and how important it is for us to get a better understanding of it. We need to pass that understanding and that enthusiasm on to the rest of the public. We need to make it clear that we are not just rational parts of the universe trying to understand itself, but also that we can be excited about it too.
He introduced me to the brilliance of skepticism in the face of anti-science and psuedoscience. His was my first influence as a young girl to turn a skeptical, scientific approach towards astrology, psychics, UFO abduction, and creationism.
He also inspired me in the area of popularizing science. I have volunteered and worked for science museums and observatories ever since high school, and continue to do so on my spare time when not working as a professional scientist. I know I could not have kept up the enthusiasm consistently all these years in addition to college and then working, if not for Carl. He showed us why we need to bring science (especially astronomy 🙂 ) to the public.
Carl was more than patient, but I’ll never forget his slowly enunciated softle spoken mantra to these questions: “Where-is-the-evidence?”. So simple a response and yet so appropriate to science and rational thinking!
My life-trajectory was tugged and defined by the gravity of Carl Sagan. He gave all of us reasons to cherish the pale blue dot and “all that ever was or is or ever will be.” He personified the Cosmos – literally.
Carl Sagan articulated poetic and accessible accounts of reality that were so beautiful and simple that once you understood what he was saying, you would never see the world the same way again. Everything was meaningful and awesome.
There is much to ponder from what he has left us – and perhaps most important is how precious our lives and our planet is. Though no longer with us on this Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan’s legacy will forever live on in the hearts and minds of those who love and cherish knowledge.
Everything I needed to know about life, I learned from Carl Sagan.
…He told me that life was precious and that if we were not careful, it could all slip away. He told me things that the people who run the world have yet to learn or implement. I became a student of his works and have tried to make a difference in this world. Carl Sagan is my hero.
he was magnetic, charming, persuasive, literate, imaginative, charismatic, even poetic. And he was a scientist? As an artist type myself I never cared much for the sciences but his approach was so appealing – not dry and boring, that I found myself transfixed by his lectures, because that’s really what they were.
From the first opening minutes of the show, my life had changed. I especially remember the segment on the Library of Alexandria and how its destruction held back science for centuries. This spurred my commitment to fighting ignorance and superstition.
Sagan made it very clear that we don’t need to examine the Universe as a supernatural creation. It is enough — more than enough — to examine it naturally. The sense of awe, beauty, wonder, and joy we feel when we view a Hubble image of a distant galaxy is a natural product of our sense of discovery. It is more amazing, and ultimately more wonderful, to think about how all these incredible things came about due to the relatively simple laws of physics, rather than try to ascribe supernatural powers behind their creation.
Sagan’s insight, his gift to us, is the knowledge that we all have the ability to examine the Universe with all the power of human curiosity, and we need not retreat from the answers we find.
Sagan was showing that it was possible to think and write clearly about how all these things are connected, and of how humans are connected to the universe. Not in a supernatural way, of course – the results of physical laws interacting at so many different scales of space and time provide more than enough wonder for anyone who wishes to look closely at the universe, as Sagan demonstrated in this first book and in the many that followed.
Beginning with his 13-part, 1980 TV series, Cosmos, he inspired millions of people to gaze into the night sky and to think deeply about their place amid the endless – and the endlessly beautiful – universe.
I’m ashamed for my educational system that it was Carl Sagan who finally explained the concept of the scientific method to me.
He showed me how the scientific method helps us look at the world as it truly is, without preconceived notions, without distortions, and without faith. Sometimes nature will reveal truths which we find uncomfortable and unlikely, but we’re still better off knowing. Sometimes reality refuses to match our expectations, and is impossible for our brains to grasp (like quantum theory), but the evidence just continues to mount. I’ll go with the evidence every time.
对我来说，第一次认识 Carl Sagan，是从图书馆中一本包着黄色牛皮纸手写书名的《Broca’s Brain/布洛卡的脑》开始…