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Happy Birthday, Carl

I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights みんな、見ていてくれ!Registered User regular
edited November 2011 in Singularity Engine++
Today is Carl Sagan's birthday.

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Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He advocated scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Mr. Sagan, along with Stephen Hawking, are responsible for my love of and fascination with the world outside our own. I read Cosmos and A Brief History of the Universe in seventh grade and haven't looked back since.







Quite simply, the man was genius. Isaac Asimov described Sagan as one of only two people whose intellect surpassed his own. And he was charismatic, and he was kind, and he is responsible for making something so vast and breathtaking seem so mind-bogglingly close to home, for me.

Happy Birthday, Carl.

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  • BlankzillaBlankzilla The Year 198X Being Xtreme to the MaxxRegistered User regular
    edited November 2011
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    OH MY GOD THIS IMAGE IS TAKING FOREVER TO FIX

    Blankzilla on
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  • UbikUbik i am a god in a french-ass restaurantRegistered User regular
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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    he directly influenced and mentored neil degrasse tyson

    therefore he is the best

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  • Peter EbelPeter Ebel DenmarkRegistered User regular
    Motherfucker got high!

    Fuck off and die.
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  • SASA Registered User
    plus he was a total stoner

    go carl

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  • Dark Raven XDark Raven X Fizzy Cotton CandyRegistered User regular
    The day I enter a Carl Sagan topic and A Glorious Dawn isn't in the OP is the day I do something yet to be determined.

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  • LTMLTM Registered User regular
    Peter Ebel wrote:
    Motherfucker got high!
    SA wrote:
    plus he was a total stoner

    go carl

    Oh, the internet.

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  • TamTam Le Buggeur Risible Registered User regular
    edited November 2011
    Sagan and Feynman
    are my main "science is cool" dudes

    Tam on
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  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
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  • I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights みんな、 見ていてくれ!Registered User regular
    The day I enter a Carl Sagan topic and A Glorious Dawn isn't in the OP is the day I do something yet to be determined.

    It uh... is?

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  • JoeUserJoeUser Registered User regular
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  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    Can't stop reading the thread topic in Carl Brain voice

    Marty: The future, it's where you're going?
    Doc: That's right, twenty five years into the future. I've always dreamed on seeing the future, looking beyond my years, seeing the progress of mankind. I'll also be able to see who wins the next twenty-five world series.
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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King Director of Operations Registered User regular
    I like this

    a whole lot

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    Carl Sagan's view of the place of humanity and the knowable nature of the cosmos are basically the closest thing I have to religion.



    every one of these is amazing

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  • BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    The Hulk is going to be angry.

    You wouldnt like him when hes angry.

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  • FlayFlay Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote:
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    OH MY GOD THIS IMAGE IS TAKING FOREVER TO FIX

    Spoiler:

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal Flo-ridaRegistered User regular
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  • JoeUserJoeUser Registered User regular
    Carl Sagan's legacy:



    PSN: JoeUser80 Steam
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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    i didn't know carl sagan got high

    i sorta assumed he did acid, because i associate that with radness in intellectuals sometimes

    but that's p cool

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  • LTMLTM Registered User regular
    I watched History for like 9 hours the other day, and only saw Tsouk like twice.

    Fucking bullshit, man.

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    shame on you joe

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  • BlankzillaBlankzilla The Year 198X Being Xtreme to the MaxxRegistered User regular
    What is with that dude's hair good lord

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  • JoeUserJoeUser Registered User regular
    Fandyien wrote:
    shame on you joe

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote:
    What is with that dude's hair good lord

    I can only assume that whatever is causing the bullshit to spew out of his mouth is similarly affecting the bullshit emanating from his scalp

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal Flo-ridaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2011
    by the way, The Dragons of Eden is a book he wrote and its amazing and it doesn't get talked about as much as it should because there are no self-read audiobook recordings that people can map to youtube videos


    but I highly recommend reading it

    Jasconius on
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  • DidgeridooDidgeridoo PR for the Inquisition Registered User regular
    Carl Sagan is the best and he has the best possible birthday

    H5, ghost of Carl Sagan

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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
    FUCK YEAH CARL SAGAN

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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    Beasteh wrote:
    he directly influenced and mentored neil degrasse tyson

    therefore he is the best

    yeah

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    Beasteh wrote:
    he directly influenced and mentored neil degrasse tyson

    therefore he is the best

    Ahh so he's responsible for those sweet delts

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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King Director of Operations Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote:
    Beasteh wrote:
    he directly influenced and mentored neil degrasse tyson

    therefore he is the best

    yeah

    this explains everything I did not know this

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    Carl Sagan was a boss

    In fact, he was the boss

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  • UsagiUsagi it’s like someone threw a bowl of loose fruit into a front-loading clothes dryer Registered User regular
    Yessssssssssss

    If I could go back in time I would organize a Sagan/Feynman throwdown just so we could all be showered in their awesomeness simultaneously

    Odin wrote: »
    I've learned what is best in life:

    To crush the patriarchy, see it driven before you, and hear the lamentations of its fuckboys.
    HEY SATAN | WISH POST
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  • TossrockTossrock too weird to live too rare to dieRegistered User regular
    I read Contact a couple weeks ago

    it is really good, it's interesting to see the influence it had on later works

    I mean, Mass Effect's galactic civilization is pretty clearly directly based on its last few chapters

    also the whole Mark of the Creator thing is fun to think about

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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King Director of Operations Registered User regular
    I'm not sure where I found this picture it wasn't to long ago but I like it

    http://i.imgur.com/BwOjX.jpg

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  • SASA Registered User
    Fandyien wrote:
    i didn't know carl sagan got high

    i sorta assumed he did acid, because i associate that with radness in intellectuals sometimes

    but that's p cool

    Yeah, he published some essays that were outspoken on cannabis prohibition.

    His widow, Ann Druyan, was also the leader of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) for quite a while.

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  • UsagiUsagi it’s like someone threw a bowl of loose fruit into a front-loading clothes dryer Registered User regular
    In celebration I think I'll reread Billions and Billions this weekend

    Odin wrote: »
    I've learned what is best in life:

    To crush the patriarchy, see it driven before you, and hear the lamentations of its fuckboys.
    HEY SATAN | WISH POST
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  • TamTam Le Buggeur Risible Registered User regular
    I'm not sure where I found this picture it wasn't to long ago but I like it

    http://i.imgur.com/BwOjX.jpg

    awesome

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  • TleilaxuTleilaxu Registered User regular
    MrMonroe wrote:
    Carl Sagan's view of the place of humanity and the knowable nature of the cosmos are basically the closest thing I have to religion.

    Amen to that.
    Carl Sagan wrote:
    The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and
    tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by "God" one means the set of physical
    laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally
    unsatisfying . . . It does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.

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  • GoatmonGoatmon You Are An Experience Make Sure You're a Good ExperienceRegistered User regular
    Flay wrote:
    Blankzilla wrote:
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    OH MY GOD THIS IMAGE IS TAKING FOREVER TO FIX

    Spoiler:

    ahahahah

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