"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination." - Mark Twain
Carl Sagan was the first science "rock star" I remember. He talked about the science and the public actually listened, well, many people listen. He didn't just talk about his beliefs, being arrested for taking part in demonstrations against both the Viet-Nam war and the Nevada Nuclear Test site.From "The Demon-Hunted World" (Copied from Wikipedia):"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grand children's time ... 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 superstitions and darkness."
I watched this the other day. It's from disk 2 of Cosmos. I appreciate the recommendation all those months ago.
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