Opening Remarks or: Why I Started this Blog

“I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudo-science and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us-then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls. The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.”
– Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Carl Sagan, an intellectual hero of humanity, articulated exactly what I feel is going on. It seems to me that reason is retreating or at least wavering, and I want to contribute what I can to keep the light of reason from being extirpated. The way to the future lies in our reason and curiosity. As Jacob Bronowski said “Knowledge is our destiny.” I believe it is a moral duty of mine to leave the Earth in a better place than when I roamed it. This is just such an attempt.

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~ by jsacc001 on February 26, 2008.

2 Responses to “Opening Remarks or: Why I Started this Blog”

  1. sacco is the man yo dat boi know whut he talkin boutt”

  2. DO IT! This is an awesome idea and one you should keep up with and something we should talk about because I too an somewhat concerned as to where we’re heading as a civilization.

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