"Those worlds in space are as
countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. Each of
those worlds is as real as ours. In every one of them, there's a succession of
incidence, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds,
numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet, at
this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in history. What we do with
our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully
affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy
our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to
superstition, or greed, or stupidity we can plunge our world into a darkness
deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and theItalian Renaissance. But, we are also capable
of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to
make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To
enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, and to carry us to the
stars." Carl Sagan explains the immensity of space and time. This clip is
from Carl Sagan's Cosmos episode 8, "Journeys in Space and Time."
Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934
– December 20, 1996)
Today on Far Future Horizons we commemorate the eighty-second birthday of Carl Sagan and are proud to present a
biographical documentary concerning his life.
Carl Sagan was the rarest of all creatures - the
celebrity scientist. While some accused him of being a grandstander, none can
deny that his approach to science helped introduce millions of people to the
great wonders of the universe that fascinated him all his life.
He played many different roles - professor, working
scientist, bestselling author and TV personality. In his classic television
series Cosmos, he brought science to the masses in an accessible, entertaining format.