Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

In honor of Carl Sagan's 75th birthday, Broward College is hosting the 1st annual Carl Sagan Day today. Speakers include D.J. Grothe, Phil Plait, James Randi, and others. Do something to honor his memory today, if you like. Watch an episode of Cosmos, take the telescope out for a spin, or encourage someone to think skeptically about something.

Carl Sagan's writing has been instrumental in helping me to understand my own point of view better, and was critical in allowing me to admit to myself and others that I am a skeptic. I owe him a lot. I'll post more about that someday, but today is not the day. I have a novel I need to be writing. I haven't posted much about Carl Sagan here lately, mostly because I'm too lazy. But I'd like to get back to having a Sagan Sunday at least once a month.

Here's a video I recently discovered, in which Carl Sagan features prominently, along with Richard Feynman, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye. I could watch this over and over. It's basically a spiritual experience for me. I hope you enjoy it.

Symphony of Science - We Are All Connected


C. L. Hanson said...

That symphony is pretty good, but I actually like the other one better -- the Carl Sagan song that my kids and I have dubbed "The Galaxy-Rise Song."

Sabayon said...

You know synthesized Carl Sagan sounds a lot like Kermit the Frog. Coincidence? I think not.

Tim said...

Hey, I found your blog through Nano. I'm runningb from Utah County. I really liked this video. I'm kind of getting over the whole voice modulation thing, but the message is spot on.

Saganist said...

Thanks, C.L. I like them both, but for some reason the We Are All Connected video hits me a little bit harder.

Thanks, Sabayon. Thanks a lot. Now I can't stop hearing Kermit. :-)

Thanks, Tim! I totally agree. I hope it's okay I added you as a NaNo writing buddy. Good luck with your novel, it looks like you're well ahead of pace!

Hypatia said...

I love this video! I'm so happy to know there is a Carl Sagan day. I will celebrate it every year from here on out!