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Carl Sagan

Geburtstag: 9. November 1934
Todesdatum: 20. Dezember 1996
Andere Namen: Karl Seýgan

Carl Edward Sagan war ein US-amerikanischer Astronom, Astrophysiker, Exobiologe, Fernsehmoderator, Sachbuchautor und Schriftsteller.

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„Im Bewusstsein des Menschen erkennt die Natur sich selbst“

—  Carl Sagan
Quelle: http://www.carlsagan.com Übersetzer: Guido Biermann) Original engl.: "We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself."

„Es gibt naive Fragen, langweilige Fragen, schlecht formulierte Fragen, Fragen, die nach unzureichender Selbstkritik gestellt werden. Aber jede Frage ist ein Aufschrei, die Welt verstehen zu wollen. Es gibt keine dummen Fragen.“

—  Carl Sagan
Der Drache in meiner Garage oder Die Kunst der Wissenschaft, Unsinn zu entlarven. Köln, 2000. ISBN 3-426-26912-0. Übersetzer: Michael Schmidt "There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question" - The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark. Ballantine Books 1996. p. 323

„Sollten wir uns daher in den Kopf setzen, unseren Apfelkuchen von Grund auf selber zu machen, müßten wir erst das Universum erfinden.“

—  Carl Sagan
Unser Kosmos, München 1991, ISBN 3-426-04053-0, Kapitel 9, Seite 230. Übersetzer: Siglinde Summerer, Gerda Kurz Original engl.: "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

„Es zählt nicht, was plausibel klingt, was wir gerne glauben würden, was ein oder zwei Zeugen behaupten, sondern nur, was durch stichhaltige Beweise belegt wird, die gründlich und kritisch geprüft wurden. Außergewöhnliche Behauptungen erfordern außergewöhnlich starke Beweise.“

—  Carl Sagan
Unser Kosmos (Fernsehserie), Folge 12: "Eine galaktische Enzyklopädie" Original engl.: "What counts is not what sounds plausible, not what we would like to believe, not what one or two witnesses claim, but only what is supported by hard evidence rigorously and skeptically examined. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."

„Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.“

—  Carl Sagan, buch Pale Blue Dot
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994), p. 8, Supplemental image at randi.org http://www.randi.org/images/122801-BlueDot.jpg

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„To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.“

—  Carl Sagan, Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

„For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.“

—  Carl Sagan, buch The Demon-Haunted World
The Demon-Haunted World : Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995), Ch. 1 : The Most Precious Thing, p. 12

„If we are alone in the Universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.“

—  Carl Sagan, Contact
Misattributed, This is a paraphrase of Sagan quoting Thomas Carlyle: "A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space." Sagan delivered this quote during the symposium on "Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man", held at Boston University (20 November 1972), published in Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man (1973) edited by Richard Berendzen; Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man (1975) National Archives video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQeOp7a8QMI

„And chicken soup is widely known to be good for life.“

—  Carl Sagan
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God (2006), Context: The amount of organic matter that could have been produced in the first few hundred million years of Earth history was sufficient to have produced in the present ocean a several-percent solution of organic matter. This is just about the dilution of Knorr's chicken soup, and not that different from the composition either. And chicken soup is widely known to be good for life.

„Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.“

—  Carl Sagan, buch Cosmos
Misattributed, Martin Rees — Sagan refers to this quote in The Demon-Haunted World (1995) (see above)

„We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.“

—  Carl Sagan, buch Cosmos
Cosmos (1980), Context: We embarked on our journey to the stars with a question first framed in the childhood of our species and in each generation asked anew with undiminished wonder: What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars. p. 193

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