Carl Sagan’s ultimate non sequitur is an unfilled gap between recognizing our home, the planet Earth, as a pale blue dot to promulgating kindness and compassion.
Carl Sagan wrote:
On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines…every teacher of morals…every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam…
This essay will present a sampling of atheism spirituality by means of a circumlocution that begins by considering that, I suppose, it was only a matter of time: Professor Richard Dawkins quoted comedians in his book "The God Delusion" and has subsequently picked an argument with a comedian. The comedian's "sin" against militant activist atheism is that he is not an atheist but some sort of deist.
In his autobiography, The Sound Of Laughter, Peter Kay wrote, "I believe in a God of some kind, in some sort of higher being. Personally I find it very comforting."
This post comes forth from the oldie but goodie file.
"Billions and Billions of Demons" is the title of Prof. Richard Lewontin's New York Times Book Review of Carl Sagan's book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark-Volume 44, Number 1 (January 9, 1997)
Following is the unabridged text of this very interesting article which is of wide enough scope to mention creationism, materialism, the Trinity, Prof. Richard Dawkins, et al. I have also provided Prof. Richard Lewontin's footnotes (all ellipses in original):
How would you answer the question, "Do you believe in evolution?"
"Yes" or "No" would actually be quite inadequate. We must define our terms. Thus, the answer to the question, "Do you believe in evolution?" ought to be, "What do you mean when you say 'evolution'? Answer me that question and only then will I be able to tell you whether or not I believe it," or perhaps try, "Yes, of course, I do. But only in a certain sort."
Campbell and Reece's textbook, "Biology 6th ed.," states the following in its opening pages: