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A Time For Remembering

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7 comments to A Time For Remembering

  • Thanks for posting this, Evan. I had the same experience when reading The Demon-Haunted World for the first time, only a couple years ago. I wish I had been able to meet Carl Sagan before he passed away. He made the world a better place.

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  • Strider

    I just received an Xmas card from my uncle, a lutheran minister. Long ago when I began my journey into freethought I was staying at his cabin with him and my grandpa and we talked about astronomy and Carl Sagan, who’s show Cosmos was in first run. I remember arguing with my minister uncle using Carl’s words and feeling so empowered. The Demon Haunted World is a revered volume on my shelves and I still refer to it often. Thanks for this remembrance! Love the show.

  • DLC

    Indeed, the world lost a great man when Dr Sagan died. Thanks for reminding the world of him, Evan. The world needs reminded of Carl Sagan, if for no other reason than to keep pushing his books on people.

    Best wishes for all the SGU crew for the Holidays.

  • bryanmcc

    I spent 18 years as a Catholic; I became an atheist in two weeks due to The Demon-Haunted World. Thanks, Carl. And thanks, Evan.

  • Steve Page

    I went to the “9 lessons and carols for godless people” show in London on Friday, and they opened and closed the show with two beautiful, moving, thought-provoking excerpts from Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”. He was, indeed, an extraordinary man; the world is a poorer place without him in it. 🙁

  • Dear Evan,

    It’s an awful thing to admit, but I was so busy getting ready to be married on Christmas Eve 1996, that I wasn’t even aware of Carl Sagan’s passing.

    I am much better educated now, and indeed, my husband and I are taking great joy in playing Cosmos in our children’s presence (nothing like learning by osmosis!). They’ll grinch a bit every now and then (as The Fairly Odd Parents is way more AWESOME), but every now and then I’ll hear our nine year old come out with some factoid – it’s that osmosis thang 😎

    We just watched a snippet of Cosmos over dinner tonight, where Carl was outlining the four steps we would need to take to save the Earth from, well, us.

    I could not believe that he had it so bloody nailed over 18 years ago… He is so dreadfully missed.

    Inspired by your post, tonight I am stealing Peter’s copy of A Demon Haunted World to devour…

    Thanks again for a sharing such a personal post.

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