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We’re here to celebrate the man, the legend, the scientist Carl Sagan and his many wacky escapades.

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He was the best at science!

He studied with a lot of people and some even say he was smarter than the great shoulders of Alberta Einstein and Isaac Newton that he stood on.

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  • Was Carl Sagan An Atheist? No Way! (1/21/2020)

    While he was alive, Carl Sagan was seen as an opponent of religion. After his death, he was hailed as a defender of atheism. Just look at almost any atheism website on the internet and you will see not only arguments on forums and blogs that introduce Carl Sagan’s words as talking points , but you’ll also see his books and other materials being sold or linked to from the sites as a primer for atheists to use. Anyone who didn’t know him very well or didn’t pay close attention to his feelings on the debate of atheism versus religion would think that he was a staunch atheist.


    However, that simply wasn’t the case. In fact, Sagan did speak on his beliefs and his stance on the matter of whether there was a God or not and whether one could know with any certainty those sorts of things. His own words demonstrated that he never saw himself as smart enough and knowledgeable enough to make the assertion that there is not God and could be no God.


    Sagan said that an atheist is someone who is absolutely certain that there isn’t a God and to his mind he could not conceive of such a a person who had that belief based on concrete evidence. A lack of evidence is never a sign that there is no evidence. It could just mean that the evidence has not been found. That’s why this question of God versus accidental life has been raging for decades.


    In order for someone to know for certain that there is no God, then they would have to have all knowledge of everything in the entire universe. If a person had knowledge of only 99.9% of everything, then they could still not be an atheist based on scientific fact alone, because God could be in that .1% that they don’t know about.


    Sagan recognized that to be an atheist at this point in human history would mean a measure of belief, and that was why he was open to the idea that there might be a God, though he never accepted any evidence to that conclusion. This is part of what has made Sagan such a renowned figure in these debates over evolution versus intelligent design and so forth. His viewpoint was never one of absolutism in these matters, which meant that while people could refer to his writings on the matter when debating, they could never say that Sagan gave conclusive proof one way or another. Ironically enough, Sagan’s writings are constantly used by both side to debate their points, and Sagan might have found that kind of discourse not only pointless but humorous.


    In the end, Sagan only saw God as a set of laws and nothing more and never saw any need to pray to such a being, but then again, he didn’t have proof that this was or was not all that God could be either.

  • Science Fiction Is the Doorway to the Scientific Community (12/21/2019)

    The bold adventures of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov and Edgar Rice Burroughs have captured the imaginations of young boys and girls for generations. Thrilling excursions to the moon, to the center of the earth and to distant galaxies have made it possible for people to go in their mind where they would never have gone physically.


    The books and short stories these men wrote have turned people of all ages to the scientific field. These stories gave them a sense of wonder about things beyond their understanding and beyond their limited viewpoint, encouraging them to step out beyond what they were familiar and comfortable with to explore new and strange worlds.
    This is the same journey taken by Carl Sagan, who would fondly recall his childhood years spent voraciously reading the science fiction works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He thrilled to the alien landscapes, unknown worlds, amazing discoveries and the excitement of experiencing something through a story that he could never experience on his own. This same excitement was what he brought to his own books, television show and speaking engagements. He would try to fill others with the same sense of wonder and make science feel real to everyone who would listen.


    Sagan made an effort to imbue others with the excitement he had about scientific discovery and to help others to see the world in the same way that he saw it. He travelled a path that many young men and women had before him. Starting in the incredible works of past authors, he would move on in his adult years to wanting something more real and grounded but never losing his sense of wonder about science.


    The story that Sagan shored about a journey that started with science fiction and ended with science fact is one share by many people throughout the past few decades. How many major scientists of our time have latched onto the wonder of science through fantastical stories and then moved on to making an impact on the scientific community? How many have cited Star Trek, Isaac Asimov and countless other fictional influences as the starting point for a very real and grounded career and interest in the scientific field? It is evident that the numbers are far higher than anyone can accurately say.


    What’s significant about Sagan is that his books now influence others to get into the scientific field. Perhaps a young boy or girl started reading science fiction, heard the name Carl Sagan discussed among their peers and moved onto his fact-based writings only to end up in the scientific field in their adult life. This is a story that has been repeated for a few decades as well, and pioneers of the scientific celebrity like Sagan, Hawking and Hawkins have made science not only more appealing but also more accessible and mainstream. The doorway that begins with science fiction leads to a path that can go in quite unexpected ways, as Carl Sagan would have told you, and as many others after him have found out for themselves.

The Event.

We get together every year to celebrate this man’s greatness and what he brought to this world.

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The fans got down to the location and started the celebrations!

Events

We had a bunch of fun events and music as well.

All-Day Play

Everyone got a QA and asked some interesting questions about the universe.

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You're All Invited To The Next Event!

We Still Wish He Was With Us!

Let us all pray for him that his legacy forever lives on!

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