Why Carl Sagan was better than Neil deGrasse Tyson, and from the most of us tooThere are 4 comments on this post.
Jul 16 2014, 03:23
I've recently watched the finale of Cosmos, the new version, presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It was a very nice series which seem to push forward the fact that science is based on not knowing, rather than knowing, and the will to know. No, not will, the need to know. We need to know, and this is why we go on searching the answers to questions that haunt us.
Neil deGrasse Tyson pushed a lot on the point that we really push the planet to its limits, and we might be close to the point of no return from which there is only a terrible Venus-like fate to this planet. And that is an important issue, no doubt.
But in the finale, a recording of Carl Sagan was given, narrating over "The Pale Blue Dot" after which deGrasse Tyson gave his final speech. DeGrasse Tyson gave a speech about the importance of science, about how it can better our lives and that science means not knowing all the answers but looking for them endlessly and beyond. Yes, this is an important note. But his speech was a pale blue dot compared to that of Sagan.
It touches me, especially in these troubled times in Israel. Where sirens are ablaze and an ongoing war goes on and on and on. Sagan, in his awe inspiring speech, reminds us how insignificant we are. How little all this matters, and how foolish we are to keep engaging these battles. Here, and everywhere else. But I can't win Sagan, so instead, I will give you, Carl Sagan and the "Pale Blue Dot".
You can also read his speech on the Wikipedia entry of the Pale Blue Dot.
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