Carl Sagan was a great man. He was far beyond his time and has provided us with very useful advice that could not be more relevant today. He was a scientist and an astronomer. He was a very knowledgeable man and worked hard to spread that knowledge. He was the host of the acclaimed PBS series “The Cosmos” which originally aired in 1980. He was a major pioneer in the field of astronomy and the exploration of the universe.
We all need to take some time to understand what Carl Sagan wanted us to know. The most important aspect is the value of education. He realized that there would be great disturbance in a democratic society based on science if the average person has no concept of science. When people start to accept that they don’t know anything about a particular topic, they are open to suggestion by anyone who claims to have knowledge. When this occurs all of the important decisions fall in the hands of a few people. Like today.
Education and the scientific model both need to be held to the highest importance. We need to focus our resources on what the average person knows, not what they own. Material possessions are useless compared to the knowledge of the universe. There is so much to discover we will never be able to achieve it all. Given everything that we know about life, lots of men have come to the conclusion that we don’t know much. We are beginning to understand our primitive nature. This is why we need to embrace the fact that we have limited advanced knowledge of the universe. The scientific model has no problem admitting that it is wrong or that it does not have the answer. This is what motivates scientist to discover new information about our existence. It is built into the scientific model. Even gravity is still a theory at this point. Everything is viewed as a theory until it can be proven wrong. Nothing is for sure and everything has the ability to evolve with knowledge.
Carl Sagan talks about many interesting things in his last interview in 1996. He gave a lot of warnings to the generations to come about the destructive and unsustainable behaviors that are so common. In his later years he was very direct about everything he believed. He spent a lifetime using the scientific method to understand everything around us and made some amazing conclusions.
His point of view is crucial for us to understand. He lived a fascinating life and we should all honor the progress that he made for all humans regarding our universal understanding. Check out his series “The Cosmos” and also watch some interviews that are on YouTube.