Why Carl Sagan is Truly Irreplaceable


(Illustration by Jody Hewgill)
No one will ever match his talent as the “gatekeeper of scientific credibility”

By Joel Achenbach Smithsonian Magazine

We live in Carl Sagan’s universe–awesomely vast, deeply humbling. It’s a universe that, as Sagan reminded us again and again, isn’t about us. We’re a granular element. Our presence may even be ephemeral—a flash of luminescence in a great dark ocean. Or perhaps we are here to stay, somehow finding a way to transcend our worst instincts and ancient hatreds, and eventually become a galactic species. We could even find others out there, the inhabitants of distant, highly advanced civilizations—the Old Ones, as Sagan might put it.

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