Bamboozle

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sermon

If you saw the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, you’ll probably have been impressed with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s testimony about the impact of Carl Sagan on his life. This reminded me of a powerful “sermon” he “preached” at the Beyond Belief 2006 conference, which is the video embedded above. His account of being [Read More...]

The Message of Cosmos

The rebooted series Cosmos, featuring Neil de Grasse Tyson, has sparked a lot of discussion about religion as well as science. I finally managed to watch the first episode while eating my lunch today. The message of the series Cosmos? Surely a major component is that we cannot explore our place is the universe without [Read More...]

Saganism

These two quotes both came my way on Facebook. Both have been well known. I wonder what new and interesting things will come out of the new Carl Sagan archive that was recently made public by the Library of Congress.   [Read more...]

Advice for Those Buying a Used Religion

A few years ago, I wrote a post with the title “Advice for Those Buying a Used Religion.” The title was inspired by an analogy Carl Sagan makes in his book The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, which is essentially a transcript of his Gifford Lectures. I thought [Read More...]

Torchwood: Small Worlds, Medium-Sized Gods

The Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” focuses on “fairies” – which are viewed not as alien entities but as ones that are native to our world and have been around for as long as or longer than humans have. Indeed, they once were human children, but have been transformed into immortal beings who can flit in [Read More...]


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