The name of this blog is Saganist, because that's who I am. I greatly admire the work and ideals of the late Carl Sagan. It was through reading his books that I was finally able to admit to myself that I am a skeptic at heart, and I always have been. Until relatively recently though, I was a devout, if somewhat unorthodox, religious believer. I am still a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). These days, the most concise label I might apply to myself is ignostic, though I would also call myself a secular humanist, a Saganist, a skeptic, or an atheist. I hope this blog will be a good way for me to explore my own relationship with the cosmos on both a large and small scale.
For now, I will leave you with one of my favorite Sagan quotes, from The Demon-Haunted World:
It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
This is what I strive for, honestly and imperfectly. I will probably never reach the destination, but I am excited for the journey.