Carl Sagan - Cosmos

We originally featured Carl Sagan's Cosmos on Symbolic Living in December of 2012.

Cosmos has been rebooted 34 years later as "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." by Fox Television.

Carl Sagan’s brilliance is brought to the world in 1980 with his award winning television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Cosmologist, astrophysicist, astronomer and brilliant professor at Cornell University appointed in 1971, Carl Sagan’s scientific knowledge and love of nature made him one of the great, respected thinkers of our time.

In Cosmos, Sagan explores the very beginnings, from the big bang to the potential for our endings in the potential of humanity creating their own cataclysmic demise. He strongly advocated against nuclear weapons and was arrested twice during anti-nuclear protests in the 1980′s.

Sagan was a freethinker, which would explain his brilliance. He introduced the scientific method and skeptical inquiry into his work, always ready and willing to seek answers to the most profound questions of our existence.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. ~ Carl Sagan

With many publications, honors and awards, Sagan made great achievements and contributions to the welfare of mankind.

All 13 parts of Carl Sagan’s PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage are available online for hours of awe, enjoyment and learning. Here is Part 1. We know you’ll enjoy every brilliant minute of Sagan’s pleasure to share with you his passion.

We are made of starstuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. ~ Carl Sagan
Cosmos also became a book, and his book Contact was adapted into a film by the same name in 1997, starring Jodie Foster.

Carl Sagan passed away on December 20, 1996 due to pneumonia, at age 62.

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. ~ Carl Sagan

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff. ~ Carl Sagan
Although not all parts of the 13 part series are easy to find online now, part 2 is below along with a playlist that continues with part 3 and onward. Enjoy.

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 in 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 the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. 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. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, 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 and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. ~ Carl Sagan

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