Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us [Video]

The following video features excerpts from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. More specifically, from the chapter titled A Universe Not Made For Us. Narrated by Carl Sagan himself, the clip is truly a wonder to listen to. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.





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15 Responses to Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us [Video]

  1. Carl Sagan was so awesome that it is unbelievable. I love his speeches about the universe and our purpose here. Heck, it's almost philosophy!

  2. Carl Sagan was so awesome that it is unbelievable. I love his speeches about the universe and our purpose here. Heck, it’s almost philosophy!

  3. The flaw that I see in this video is that Sagan sees religion and science as opposites, opposing forces. There is room for both. One can affirm the other.

    • i don't see your argument i agree with Sagan, religion and science are opposing forces, by their very natures. religion shows people that it knows the answer, if you don't believe them then you are flawed, where as science shows people how to find the answers, and if you come to a different conclusion from someone else, either one of the two are incorrect, or the test was flawed and needs refinement and retesting.

      It took me many years to realize this fault in religion, and many more to figure out how a sane individual would live with such a strange and irreconcilable schism, finally i dropped all hope of placing band-aids on religion to make it work with reality and left religion, now i wonder over the beauty and rejoice in the randomness of this beautiful world and try to help other people see past their blinding dogmas and explore this one and only, very short chance that we have to discover before we die and are no longer.

      -=tbn=-

      • Todd, you have merely let science become your religion. I happen to agree with you, but want to address an underlying flaw in your argument.

        Because of the nature of perception you cannot really "know" anything. This is the fundamental problem of Descarte – can I really even "know" that I exist?

        So you must choose at some point to have "faith" in something. That is, to believe it without "knowing" it. I, like you, choose to believe that which can be repeatedly objectively demonstrated. But my choosing to believe in the big bang, because of the weight of the evidience, does not make it any more true than the argument that the Universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster, a Christian God, or that it does not exist at all.

        Science is faith. It is faith in the same cause causing the same effect every time. We have no proof that cause and effect have always worked as they do now or will always work as they do know. We assume (and have faith in) that fact from our relatively short (in univeral terms) period of observation.

        Science is a religion. It just happens to be the one you and I have chosen.

        • I apologize for playing devil's advocate but…How do you know that "Because of the nature of perception you cannot really know anything"?

  4. The flaw that I see in this video is that Sagan sees religion and science as opposites, opposing forces. There is room for both. One can affirm the other.

    • i don’t see your argument i agree with Sagan, religion and science are opposing forces, by their very natures. religion shows people that it knows the answer, if you don’t believe them then you are flawed, where as science shows people how to find the answers, and if you come to a different conclusion from someone else, either one of the two are incorrect, or the test was flawed and needs refinement and retesting.

      It took me many years to realize this fault in religion, and many more to figure out how a sane individual would live with such a strange and irreconcilable schism, finally i dropped all hope of placing band-aids on religion to make it work with reality and left religion, now i wonder over the beauty and rejoice in the randomness of this beautiful world and try to help other people see past their blinding dogmas and explore this one and only, very short chance that we have to discover before we die and are no longer.
      -=tbn=-

      • Todd, you have merely let science become your religion. I happen to agree with you, but want to address an underlying flaw in your argument.

        Because of the nature of perception you cannot really “know” anything. This is the fundamental problem of Descarte – can I really even “know” that I exist?

        So you must choose at some point to have “faith” in something. That is, to believe it without “knowing” it. I, like you, choose to believe that which can be repeatedly objectively demonstrated. But my choosing to believe in the big bang, because of the weight of the evidience, does not make it any more true than the argument that the Universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster, a Christian God, or that it does not exist at all.

        Science is faith. It is faith in the same cause causing the same effect every time. We have no proof that cause and effect have always worked as they do now or will always work as they do know. We assume (and have faith in) that fact from our relatively short (in univeral terms) period of observation.

        Science is a religion. It just happens to be the one you and I have chosen.

        • I apologize for playing devil’s advocate but…How do you know that “Because of the nature of perception you cannot really know anything”?

  5. The flaw that I see in this video is that Sagan sees religion and science as opposites, opposing forces. There is room for both. One can affirm the other.

  6. Carl Sagan is the master of simplicity. Without hubris or arrogance he pushes away the mythologies and hocus pocus that is religion.

    I wish I could do it a tenth as well. I simply can't help deriding religious people as fools. Despite not having Sagan's intelligence or wisdom, I have unfortunately got 10 times his arrogance.

    Carl Sagan is/was the MAN!

  7. Carl Sagan is the master of simplicity. Without hubris or arrogance he pushes away the mythologies and hocus pocus that is religion.
    I wish I could do it a tenth as well. I simply can’t help deriding religious people as fools. Despite not having Sagan’s intelligence or wisdom, I have unfortunately got 10 times his arrogance.

    Carl Sagan is/was the MAN!