Carl Sagan Essays

  • Carl Sagan

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    Carl Sagan: astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, skeptic, and visionary. The middle of the twentieth century was clad in scientific advancements that opened up the realm of our universe to the world. At the head of this exploration was Carl Sagan, a pioneer of sorts. Aside from his countless contributions to the scientific community, he backed a new understanding of the cosmos to the more pedestrian population of the world. Sagan has said himself that he got his analytical urges to Rachel

  • Carl Sagan

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    Carl Sagan is known as one of the most famous scientists of all time. He revolutionized how the world looked at space and the search for intelligent life beyond our planet. The author of many books, he is most known for Contact (which was adapted into a movie) and for the PBS documentary Cosmos. As one of America's most famous astronomers and science-fiction writers, Carl Sagan turned a life of science into one of the most critically successful scientific careers of the 20th century. As a child

  • Carl Sagan And Swifts "A Modest Proposal"

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    "Carl Sagan would be pleased. It is his The Demon-Haunted World that opens with a story concerning a taxi driver: The driver, once realizing it is Carl Sagan, “that scientist guy,” in his cab’s backseat, proceeds to bombard Sagan with questions about truly scientific issues in the vein of “channeling,” “Nostradamus, astrology, the shroud of Turin.” And the driver presents each of these subjects “with a buoyant enthusiasm.” Yet Sagan disappoints him. With a list of facts, Sagan tells the man why there

  • Abortion: Is it Possible to be both Pro-life and Pro-Choice? Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

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    In this paper, I will investigate the right to life for embryo based on Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s article “Abortion: Is it Possible to be both “Pro-life” and “Pro-Choice”?” My conclusion is an embryo is a potential person thus it has the right to life. Sagan and Druyan argue that embryo does not have human characteristics; therefore it is acceptable to abort it. I will show that embryo is at least a potential person, so it has the right to life. First, I want to convince embryo may not be a person

  • Carl Sagan Thesis

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    Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Samuel Sagan, was an immigrant garment worker from Kamianets-Podilskyi, then in the Russian Empire, in today's Ukraine. His mother, Rachel Molly Gruber, was a housewife from New York. Carl was named in honor of Rachel's biological mother, Chaiya Clara, in Sagan's words, he mother she never knew. He had a sister, Carol, and the family lived in a modest apartment near the Atlantic Ocean, in Bensonhurst, a Brooklyn neighborhood. According to Sagan

  • A Victory For Oppression By Carl Sagan

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    acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ( The theme of suppression of ideas is not only present in novels, as it is a real world issue as well. Carl Sagan refers to the idea that if society is lied to enough, they tend to ignore the idea that they are in fact being lied to because they eventually reach the point where they’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. This

  • Carl Sagan and Skeptical Thinking

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    approaching science and to detect when trust is violated. In his essay “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection” Carl Sagan suggests that there is great danger in losing one’s critical thinking skills (Sagan, 1997). According to The Foundation for Critical Thinking critical thinking is the method of using rational analysis to improve thinking in a self-directed process (Defining Critical Thinking, 2011). Sagan presents a set of tools called the “baloney detection kit”. His kit of skeptical thinking relies on

  • Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot, By Carl Sagan

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    Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, author, astrophysicist and communicator among other fields of sciences, has written Pale Blue Dot in order to extend ideas on the boundaries of space exploration for the future in order to assure that the human population can survive catastrophic events. He describes earth’s insignificance amongst the magnificent stars in space, how this thriving and sociable place we call home, is merely a pale blue dot amongst the majestic fireballs of blue and red gases and

  • blue dot

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    I have spent several days watching Carl Sagan’s “The Pale Blue Dot” YouTube video as well as reading the transcript located in the description section of the video. Panic stricken, I fought to conjure up a great thesis that will explain what I think the meaning of this video is. I am struggling with creating an essay that casts my personal reflection upon people that don’t know me from Adam, in the meantime watching the clock tick as I lose daylight once again with a blank sheet of good quality paper

  • Manipulation of the Mind

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    the needs of the mind. If someone thinks about something long enough, they will start to believe it. If they try to forget certain things that cause pain or depression, those memories could be hidden forever. In his novel, The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan illustrates manipulation of the mind through consumerism, societal influences, and the desire to meet psychological needs. Commercialism is the practice of using advertising strategies to appeal to the interests of potential customers for the purpose

  • Demon Haunted World Book Report

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    The Demon Haunted World is a collection of scientific explanations written by Carl Sagan. Sagan is a famous astronomer who has written many books. Sagan is known for having very strong and pointed opinions that come across as offensive to some people. These strong opinions are very evident in his books. In his book the Demon Haunted World, he used his strong opinions to invalidate the most popular pseudoscience. This is one of the reasons that I choose to read this book . I believe in some pseudoscience

  • Analysis Of Carl Sagan's The Fine Art Of Baloney Detection

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    According to Carl Sagan, there is baloney everywhere and we must be able to spot the truths among the lies, cons, and exaggerations if we are to protect ourselves from false information, and being conned. Sagan’s essay The Fine Art of Baloney Detection provides a set of rules to follow that can help determine baloney from truth and facts. Sagan provides nine rules to help in skeptical thinking and determining lies from truths, some being more useful than others. The first rule is that there must

  • Survival In Ralph Fletcher's Short Story, Attack

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    come back with two rooster survivors. I have learned that, if you believe sometimes something wonderful can always happen. One of the main struggles in the world is it is very hard to survive for some people but, many people can pull through. As Carl Sagan says “Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” This story has helped me realize, that life can be hard sometimes but you just have to pull through. Now I would like to go out, and give people shelter and food to help them

  • Doomsday: The Rebuttal

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    The world has to end because it began. How the world will end has been the center of heated discussions. The topic of Doomsday has produced conferences, meetings, movies and books attempting to prophesy the end of age. With the emergence of Doomsday prophets have also emerged fallacies that preach propaganda to audiences of those seeking immunity from one sole apocalyptic day. One author in particular is Ronald Bailey. According to, Ronald Bailey has been a science writer for Forbes

  • Reflection On A Grain Of Salt By Carl Sagan

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    Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Salt by Carl Sagan From the very beginning of modern man’s evolution, we have been driven by our desire to improve our knowledge, and find answers to our questions about how life, and the mysteries of the sky above intertwine. In philosophy, the study of knowledge is called epistemology; and the degrees of existence that we call knowledge, have been a topic of much debate throughout the millennia’s. In the early years before science gained widespread

  • Personal Items that Defined My Culture

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    While our parents offer themselves to help us grow as civilized human beings, one of the most important things they do is present to us our culture. As a small child, my parents introduced me to the world, and what a wonderful place it can or can’t be. Different traditions were taught to me throughout my years and these developed into the fundamental ideas for my lifestyle and culture. The idea of culture that we all share is extremely complex, so it is hard to define any parts of it without the

  • Our Environment is Doomed

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    Some environmentalist doomsday scenarios have already saved our lives -- for example, the alarm sounded about the ozone layer. Environmental science is like any other branch of science; it is a human activity that finds consensus on powerfully-supported theories, and disagreement on weakly-supported ones. That some conservatives would take only the disagreements that later proved wrong, compile them into a list and provide this as "proof" that environmentalists are conducting "junk science" is highly

  • Authors of the 70s

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    there were several break-out authors who we still read and look up to today. Among them are John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Neil Simon, Sam Sheperd, Agatha Christie, Robert C. Atkins, Christina Crawford, Richard Nixon, Carl Sagan, and Stephen King. Robert C. Atkins is responsible for the Atkins Diet which has taken America by storm. Christina Crawford is responsible for the book Mommie Dearest, which gave an in depth view into the life of Christina Crawford growing up as

  • Pseudoscience: The Difference Between Science And Science

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    Someone not expanding their knowledge, will always be bias, and believe what the media says. As it says in the book, The Demon Haunted World, “If you’ve never heard of science you can hardly be aware you’re embracing pseudoscience” (Sagan 15). With a more expanded knowledge, one can know what is true and not true, since they can use their experience as a way to know. An example of this, is if someone is a Christian, and they were only taught the bible then they will not believe how

  • Contact

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    optical telescope of the same size In the movie "Contact," astronomer Ellie Arroway, played by actress Jodie Foster, searches for signs of extraterrestrial life using massive, Earth-bound radio telescopes. Much of Contact's scientific intrigue, based on Carl Sagan's 1985 bestseller, unfolds at two National Science Foundation-supported radio astronomy facilities where real-life astronomical mysteries continue to be probed. Scientists use the government-supported telescopes to detect radio waves not from