Binah (binah1013) wrote,

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Billions and billions...

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Did anyone else watch the remastered Cosmos by Carl Sagan on the Science Channel? Cliff and I really enjoyed it over the 13 weeks it played in the Fall. I was 9-10 when the series originally aired (1980) and I loved it then. I learned much and I think Sagan had quite the influence on my young, impressionable mind. And what a laudable thing that was for clear thinking about living in this physical universe. To this day, I feel more awe and wonder listening to Sagan talk about how grand the universe is than any preacher rhapsodizing about the glories of heaven.

I thought it might be horribly out of date having been produced over 25 years ago, but for the most part Sagan talks about what we consider the basic discoveries of the physical laws of the universe. And how orthodoxies of the time did their best to suppress truths that upset their apple carts of accepted thought. Not just the Catholic Church, though they often played the heavy. It amazes me how thousands of years ago, some Greeks had gotten it right--i.e. the Earth is a sphere and circled the sun, etc. And then Aristotle comes along and flatters man's vanity by claiming we're the center of the universe. Just think where we'd be if accepted the truth then instead of clinging to an wrong idea that made us feel special.

I'd love to sit down all the fundies in the world and make them watch it. I evilly entertain visions of scenarios like those in "A Clockwork Orange". Heh. Let the logic seep into your brain, learn the lesson... Okay, I know it wouldn't work, but a girl can dream.
Tags: carl sagan, cosmos, science

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