Carl Sagan was the man (Part 1)

This is the first in a series of short blog posts dedicated to people, books and videos that provided inspiration for material within my own book – In the Centre Lies Virtue (Click here).

I have written and published the book to try and answer significant questions; what is actually real or what does our existence mean, how to make that existence a happy one and why did so many people want to end that existence by committing suicide. These of course are not trivial questions but I could not settle until I found some worthwhile, and what at least seemed to me, plausible answers. The first thing then was to find out what was real, or to put it another way to fit this post, what is the reality of where we are. Luckily, I found out about one of the greatest men ever to grace this planet with his presence. That man was Carl Sagan.

Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was an astronomer, astrophysicist and author among other things. He published more than 600 scientific papers and many successful scientific books including one called Pale Blue Dot (Click here). If you have never heard of him then you are in for a treat! He was one of the great science communicators and educators, describing our place in the universe in the most beautiful and inspiring language. I talk about and quote Carl within my own book but for this, the first post in the series, I want to show the video below excellently edited by Patrick Mylund Nielsen.

Click on image below and sit back, relax and listen to the beautiful voice of Mr Carl Sagan. He is talking about an image of earth taken from 4 billion miles away – the pale blue dot is here! (There will be more to come from Carl later)

Please comment below with your thoughts on the video.

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