I’m going to take a break from my vitriolic vector today to give a nod to Carl Sagan, who was born on this day in 1934 and died Dec. 20th, 1996. I remember wishing that the man would have lived to see the 21st century; I’m sure he would have found it hilarious. His book Dragons of Eden had a big influence on me in my college days – I even wrote a paper about it for an anthropology class.
He was a skeptic and philosopher in the most pragmatic sense of the word, and I think his cool-headedness would be of great use to us these days. “Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves,” he once said, and I can say that about both sides of the political environment we currently find ourselves in.
Sorry you didn’t get to see the Mars landing, or the first orbital flight, Carl. Hope things are going well on the other side.