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redqueen

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16. This is the quote that stays with me.
Thu Nov 9, 2023, 11:58 AM
Nov 2023
I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Today is Carl Sagan Day. [View all] ancianita Nov 2023 OP
Happy Carl Sagan Day !!! - My Favorite Quote: JackCoop Nov 2023 #1
Happy Carl Sagan Day! I have so many favorites, I'll just start with this one: ancianita Nov 2023 #2
Hail Sagan! Timeflyer Nov 2023 #3
An extraordinary man who left us too soon. Deuxcents Nov 2023 #4
More from Carl ancianita Nov 2023 #5
I suspect that a Qanon person would interpret that completely differently from us. progressoid Nov 2023 #6
Likely, until they come across the scientific reality that precision is not accuracy, and so not the 'whole' truth. ancianita Nov 2023 #8
yep doin' this all day ancianita Nov 2023 #7
'Contact ' is one of my favorite science fictions. triron Nov 2023 #9
I heard the book is waay better than the movie, which is all I know of 'Contact.' I've read a couple of his, so ancianita Nov 2023 #10
Wonderful story with a fabulous, unexpected end! CrispyQ Nov 2023 #18
Millions and Billions of rec's! usonian Nov 2023 #11
Yes, big number cosmic rec's are for Carl! ancianita Nov 2023 #12
Why today? Because it's Carl's birthday! jaxexpat Nov 2023 #13
Carl's law of conservation of birthdays ancianita Nov 2023 #14
A similarity of singularities? Neato concept. jaxexpat Nov 2023 #22
I believe this is a brilliant idea Uncle Joe Nov 2023 #15
This is the quote that stays with me. redqueen Nov 2023 #16
Mine, too. I have the book, and underlined this. Carl as scientist, had more ideas to ancianita Nov 2023 #17
He was a very large influence on my life. Mr. Evil Nov 2023 #19
Sagan had as profound an influence on my personal values as any priest or bishop in 18 years... Moostache Nov 2023 #20
And another thing ancianita Nov 2023 #21
Happy Birthday, Carl -- you'd love today's technology, and would make sure that humans control AI. ancianita Nov 2023 #23
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