Carl Sagan --- Billions and Billions In a Cosmic Mind

Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
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As writers we can delve into the unknown and carry on with our imagination to make a difference in this unfair world. Most of us have an inner purpose that can take his/her readers to the unfathomed corners of the universe. Today, we will try to demystify Carl Sagan. For some reason we got intrigued by his books and... his scientific-skeptic inquiries. What really brought our attention was his opinion of God.

Let's pretend that in a near future, we will be able to gather all the information of the world about any human being. Thus, we came up with his niche phrase: billions and billions of Information technology in our own hands. Add artificial intelligence and super computers and you will be able to have a normal conversation with any celebrity or/and.. the departed.

Let's step into the future and think of bio-genetics and nanotechnology. Using imagination, quasi-quantum teleportation and a brain, we will be able to talk with Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science 'popularizer' and extraordinary science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences.


Carl Sagan with a model of the Viking lander
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Meeting the Man Thanks to Quantum Leap Moderator

The Interview


Hi there Carl?

How are you Joseph (shaking hands)

We did a thorough research and found that your own beloved mother became your biggest influence. We know that she was ahead of her time. Tell us in your own words... what would've changed if she ever won a degree from, huh... Cornell University or MIT?

Well Joseph, regardless of a degree, she lived her time and did her best. I trace my later analytical urges to my mother Rachel Molly, yes! A woman who had known "extreme poverty as a child," and had grown up almost homeless in New York City during World War I and the 1920's. She didn't have anything on her favor... just Imagine her... almost destitute of any rights and carrying the stigma of her own origins, a Jewish from Ukraine. Society, back then, was too cold, dealing with women... especially those wives and a homemakers; even worse if they were poor immigrants.

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His father

Your father must've influenced you as much...?

I believe that my own "sense of wonder" came from my father, exactly!. He was a "quiet and soft-hearted escapee from Russian Czarist." Mother told me that I became himself in my talking, as a future mediator between the universe and this human race, he took my inquisitiveness in stride, as part of my growing up.

If you see the 'Cosmos' show, I try to reflect his ways by sharing my knowledge with my peers. In a way, I hated cold wars, because it was pure nonsense to arm both powers, just to put the human race in senseless danger. My own father was resilient to the fact that we had family back in Europe that lived through the Bolshevist years. My own mother isolated her 'own son' from tough moments, giving him enough space to develop the person who he became later in life.

So there was a hidden reason to be born as Carl....?

The thing is, I never wanted to be better than anyone. My parents were not scientists. You see, they knew almost nothing about science. I was born in 1934, just when depression made Americans hit rock bottom. Going back to what I was about to say...got it! Just being capable to introduce me simultaneously to skepticism and to wonder, my parents unconsciously taught me the two uneasily cohabiting modes of thought that are central to the scientific method.

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The Main Reason of The Interview...

Just wanted to go straight to the main reason of this interview. Why not a God with a paternal face and a white beard?

The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is simply ludicrous. I know we are better than that, Joseph...!

Getting there... trying to understand you Carl... (This is getting out of hand fellows)

I know Joseph. Just think about it, if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. Newton had to face his immortality in his own time. He had to face his time, his language, his king and the natural laws of nature...

I know your point Carl, but the fact that we loved our parents and we fell those feelings from our heart... there is no analytical and pragmatical law that can take away that joy. You just told me with watery eyes...how your parents gave you their all...!

Let me explain you better Joseph. Men try to accommodate religion to their needs. God cannot be justified, when... for instance, you bump into a mass murderer in a theater. How come God let you take your kids there...? How could you justify his absence...?

I know Carl, but there is a reason for...

Let me finish please Joseph: we know of this omnipotent God, that was here before the 'Big bang Theory.' Being agnostic, doesn't mean I'm an atheist. I think we should recognize our mistakes and respect every human being for what they are. -- Carl stands up and walks near a cosmic window and takes a deep breathe...then comes back to us...(gulp!)


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Unleashing our Final Thoughts

Carl, you know what? Huh, I don't want to steam up our conversation, and get nothing out of this conversation. How can we understand God when he has thousand of names? Can we really and finally marry Science with God?

The major religions on the Earth contradict each other left and right. My friend Joseph, we can't all be correct. And what if all of you are wrong? It's a possibility, you know. You must care about the truth, right?

Right Carl...but..!

Well, the way to win now through all the differing contentions is to be skeptical. I'm not any more skeptical about your religious beliefs than I am about every new scientific idea I hear about...! What I know is that God is not that paternal figure on the sky. We would have to rationalize quantum mechanics with gravity, and we are uncapable of understanding this superior being by being just religious.

Okay Carl, let me have a grasp of... we are humans and we have feelings. We had parents, and we needed to have a "faith" of our own, so we would not go nuts. We had to believe in a Santa, do you understand? Well, we cannot leave rudolph aside. either..

You are so funny! I get your point Joseph, In my scientific line of work, your inspiration and revelation are intrinsically confronted with my own hipotheses, and if...

Please Carl, We all were kids deep inside, and we all cried and wanted the most diaphanous love from our parents. What was...or who was before your cosmology and those trascendental methods...?

I agree with you Joseph, We were born and grew up. This doesn't mean that the universe revolved around our way of life. We are just that blue dot on the sky, and if God is taking care of us, he should be more than just religion. If the universe is infinite, I don't think we have a mind to understand God. Rather be agnostic and be always ready to take the next step in the search of a pragmatical true. Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. But honestly, you almost got me between that devilish higgs boson and the deep sea.

Carl, I truly thank you for being here with us. I was barely 18, when I began watching your Cosmos series. Your legacy lives on, and I think because of you and your show, we stopped a cataclysmic World War III. Deeply sorry that you had to leave us so early. Anything to add my scientific fellow man?

Just want to thank you and...(Looking deeply into our readers..)

Perhaps leave a message for my wife: "I found the planet of our dreams Annie!"

Thanks Joseph. I'm closing "the puzzle" and I know... just disregard what I was about to say...!

Thanks again Carl!

A pleasure Joseph.

HERE WE COME PLUTO!!

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Window Pain 4 years ago

Thanks for bringing back Carl but I disagree that "What really brought our attention was his opinion of God."

Carl Sagan is best known for bringing science to the masses, not God. In fact in Cosmos he equates (organized) religion with astrology.

If you want to read something fascinating "The Dragons of Eden" by Carl Sagan is incredible.


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Window Pain 4 years ago

I videotaped Cosmos off of PBS and watched it several times for years thereafter. I also read the book.

I read 'Contact' before it became a movie and was deeply saddened that Carl passed away before being able to see his book on the big screen.

Carl's book 'The Dragons of Eden' is subtitled 'Speculations on the evolution of human intelligence'. It's a mind-blowing read.

Although Stephen Hawkings might have issue with Carl putting our return address on a gold plaque and sending it into deep space!

Carl Sagan's presentation of science was always so sincere and heartfelt. I wonder if today's climate of politicizing everything would embrace 'Cosmos' or would he become the target of anti-intellectuals?

Looking back at the era of 'Cosmos' I can't help but feel saddened at our loss of everything Carl stood for. Yes, inquisitive individuals carry on but the masses no longer seem to care.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Morning Window Pain,

We just wanted to know the man behind the science. We agree with you 100%, further more, Carl was perplexed with our little knowledge of our surrounding Universe. Was stunned by his scientific approach of our creator. I'm not here to argue or present Carl as the bad guy. This article wanted to show a more human and conversational person. Thanks for reading us!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Joseph,

Thanks for this very informative article; I am enjoying your versatile writing here on HubPages. Unfortunately I do not know much about Carl Sagan prior to reading this hub, but now I know some things! Thanks for sharing buddy!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very interesting hub, lord. My brother, who is a Planetary Geologist would love this hub. God is so great that our little minds cannot even begin to fathom the whys, hows and all the questions we can come up with, and if we knew the answers, it would most likely would blow our little minds for sure. There are so many scientists, just because they are scientists, know there has to be a creator. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Lord, I found this to be a fascinating hub about Carl Sagan. I knew of him as the scientist but nothing about him from a more person perspective. Up and awesome.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Josh for stopping by! Carl Sagan came a little earlier than your time, but his legacy will be infinite. Always happy to see you hopping around my friend!

@Hi pamela99, We know that Carl was a role model, and the best professor we could ever learn from. Hi was pragmatic and thoughtful. Life and the universe won't be the same after him. humbly appreciated by your comments. Take care!

@Dear Faith, Yeah there he is our admired Cosmologist. Was the perfect timing for him to be born. Carl was a genius, who had a personla experience with God. We recreated this conversation, just to get young generations involved. Thanks for your support and God bless you too!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, This is brilliant. His interpretation of God is something we should ponder. Thank you for sharing..Well done my friend..


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

H Rubi, Carl is a brilliant person, and we admire hsi view of our world and our unvierse. Glad you found this hub useful. We know our young generations, and their interests. Good night my friend!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Very interesting Lord. I like the way you used the interview format and even presented "interview photos". I never knew much about Carl Sagan and though I am religious I must admit we really don't know much about God either. Our faith is what sees us through unlike science where we can find concrete answers (most of the time).

God Bless.

Voted up and interesting.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Mary, Science through the hands of God will be the norm one day. We just keep our beliefs intact, knowing that someone created it all. Just a single tear rolling down from our own eyes, can show us that, indeed there is a God.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Well said my friend.


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Window Pain 4 years ago

I've really enjoyed this Hubpage and comments. I'll probably dig out my 'Cosmos' tapes and watch a few. I miss Carl.

I've always thought it was disingenuous of religious people to think science was some kind of 'enemy' when, for a person of faith, every discover should be seen as another proof of God's greatness.

And for militant atheists to use science as some kind of proof of their beliefs, they are themselves ignoring the fact that they have no 'final' answers either.

In science and faith, every question answered invites ten more questions. Maybe the answer is to keep looking with open mind and heart to any possibilities.

Thanks for this excellent Hub.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Window Pain! Will do the same tonight. Will watch some of Carl's tapes. Life is short, and we live every minute of it. Thanks Man! You did leave powerful comments and you deserve some credit!


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Window Pain 4 years ago

Thanks.

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