Carl Sagan Day: The Pale Blue Dot

In honor of Carl Sagan Day, here is my favorite excerpt from the bounty he left us.

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world…

The man was a poet.

In his honor we shall continue to hold curiosity as a virtue, and we shall oppose any institutions that encourage people to make pretensions to knowledge they do not have; that reward ignorance by elevating faith as a virtue.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Art Vandelay

    He’s the best. I adore that guy. Every politician before entering office should be forced to read Dragons of Eden or Demon-Haunted World or even PBD. The world would be such a better place.

    Incidentally, they’re doing another Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Seth McFarland producing.

    Sounds kind of awesome.

    • TX_secular

      Awesome is right, NDT is a great choice to redo the show.

  • Shaun

    Those are two of my favorite bits of internet flotsam. One of my regrets is that by the time I was old enough to begin to appreciate (or to even be aware of) Sagan’s ideas and message, he was already dead.

  • Ubi Dubium

    Dang. I was hoping to make an apple pie from scratch in his honor last night, but was too busy.