The world needs Carl Sagan now more than ever

Predicting the future can often feel like a fool’s errand, as anyone who’s ever forecasted the continued smartphone domination of Symbian and Windows Mobile would affirm. And it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in this time of transformative change and to retreat to concepts that feel comforting in their apparent completeness and coherence. The more unexplained things there are, the more opportunity there is for myths, legends, and superstitions to fill the void.

Carl Sagan was one of the best and most prominent voices fighting the rise of scientific ignorance in the United States, and an excerpt from his book The Demon-haunted World was circulated on social media this weekend:

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