The Open Tap

Carl Sagan

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  • Categories: Faith
  • Event posted: Aug. 16, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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This week we'll be talking about astrophysicist and master science popularizer/poet Carl Sagan, possibly the best representative of secular humanism of the mid to late-twentieth century. He was not friendly to traditional religion, but usually more respectful than not, and (it seems to me) very good at showing how a meaningful and desirable human existence is possible without it. Join us at Henry's upstairs on Thursday at 5:30 pm to have a drink (if you want) and discuss Sagan's vision and its relevance, if any, today. "I never said it. Honest. Oh, I said there are maybe 100 billion galaxies and 10 billion trillion stars. It's hard to talk about the Cosmos without using big numbers. I said 'billion' many times on the Cosmos television series, which was seen by a great many people. But I never said 'billions and billions.' For one thing, it's imprecise. How many billions are 'billions and billions'? A few billion? Twenty billion? A hundred billion? 'Billions and billions' is pretty vague... For a while, out of childish pique, I wouldn't utter the phrase, even when asked to. But I've gotten over that. So, for the record, here it goes: 'Billions and billions.' " (From Billions and billions: thoughts on life and death at the brink of the millenium (1997), via Wikiquote) Nathan K

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