Talk:Carl Sagan

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Going to have to revisit this article. Carl Sagan brought science and astronomy in to the mainstream in the '80s and inspired many to get involve in the sciences. He was a brilliant writer and speaker on many topics...much more than just discussing the possibility of life outside of our solar system. Brewer13210 07:26, 16 April 2007 (EDT)

I was reading his stuff in the 70s as a school kid.
WhatIsG0ing0n 07:28, 16 April 2007 (EDT)
My first introduction to Carl Sagan came in 1980 when Cosmos first aired on PBS. Both informative and inspirational, it made some long lasting impressions on me. Brewer13210 09:19, 16 April 2007 (EDT)
I was 3 when Cosmos came out, and I still remember sitting with my father, in the dark, watching the 'spaceship of the mind' hurdling through space, visiting the planets. Ah, memories...I know that is the impetus behind my interest in science. WesleySHello! 21:18, 3 December 2008 (EST)
Billions and billions ... it's enough to curdle your milk. Hey, remember when Carl Sagan debated Fred Singer about the Kuwaiti oil fires being like nuclear winter? Singer treated Sagan's dire prediction as a hypothesis and said let's wait a week and see if it's correct. It turned out Sagan's hypothesis was wrong. --Ed Poor Talk 21:23, 3 December 2008 (EST)


On the line referencing Sagan's "gullible fans" and "pseudoscience fantasies", this seems simply too slanderous to count as an informative statement that deserves a spot in an encyclopedia. I'd vote for removing this line. Any objections?AndrewWi 15:50, 8 October 2010 (EDT)

Yes and you did not show the comments were slanderous. I did add material as well. conservative 04:30, 10 September 2010 (EDT)
"Gullible" is a subjective description, given without any source to support it, and was thus slanderous. However, I see you've taken that out and have included references to explain "pseudoscience fantasies", so I won't press the point. The section on the Barna Group seems to be lifted from the "Another Atheist Pothead" satire, and more addresses atheism rather than Carl Sagan's work. Perhaps this should be moved to the Atheism page? AndrewWi 15:50, 8 October 2010 (EDT)

Contact and Religion

Didn't the end of "Contact" at least somewhat imply the existence of a greater power such as God? On the other hand, Canadian science-fiction author Robert J Sawyer said that "Sagan is no more obligated to believe [the religious themes of Contact] than George Lucas is to believe in The Force". Is this worth mentioning?

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