9th April 2012

“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”

Carl Sagan1934 – 1996

4 Responses to “9th April 2012”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I love this quote as it contains the rare quality of biggness that enables it to transend time remaining evergreen. “long to believe” speaks for itself, and that it is the stars rising and setting “for us”, embodies the childish nature of belief. Simple (even simple minded) explanation over lingering questions that science alone seeks truthful answers too.

    I can be satisfied with unanswered questions. I’m even thankful for unanswered questions. Without them life would have nothing to offer anyone beyond the animalistic drone of foraging for food and escaping danger.

    One day, after the human mind no longer has any need for substitute or artificial answers, I think this quote will be seen as a marker of evolutionary sorts. Dividing the human evolution of the mind to a date where before it our conceits had not yet be deflated.I can see it engraved in a placard in a natural history museum exhibit.

    Children led through the museum by their teacher will laugh and make silly remarks about how people used to live in caves, about how they used to chant and dance for rain, and a voice will say to another “can you really imagine people believed the Earth was the center of the universe?”

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Oh and R j, for your kind words yesterday, thank you! I think your welcoming nature is what kept coming back to AQOTD. I don’t think I write for other people, like the music I play I just have this stuff spilling out of my head. I’m very happy to have an audience for it. It probably helps me understand myself better? Your support is very much appreciated.

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  4. Capt'Z Says:

    I really miss Dr. Sagan…