|The late scientist Carl Sagan (1934-1996)|
Monday, June 22, 2015
Science is a way of thinking: The Inspiration Journey's video of Carl Sagan's last interview
I came across a video today produced by The Inspiration Journey, which sets inspirational music and video to a portion of the audio from Carl Sagan's last interview with Charlie Rose in 1996, the year of Sagan's death. This interview featured some of Sagan's most poignant as well as inspirational words about the way that science has functioned in human history and about the current issues we face in improving science literacy and understanding.
During this interview, Sagan said, "Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking." Indeed. We've developed a continually evolving understanding of our place in the cosmos through our scientific pursuits. Science is a way of thinking that has helped us to question our predispositions about ourselves and our universe. There's a special magic to science, not a magic of the supernatural kind, but rather of the awe inspiring kind. We've found that we can revel in the grandeur of the universe by better knowing the universe.
If you take stake in the idea of a better future for everyone, then I highly recommend the following video. Turn the lights down and the volume up, and enjoy: