Carl Sagan Explains Why Barack Obama Tries To Silence Skeptics

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“The business of skepticism is to be dangerous. Skepticism challenges established institutions. If we teach everybody, including, say, high school students, habits of skeptical thought, they will probably not restrict their skepticism to UFOs, aspirin commercials, and 35,000-year-old channelees. Maybe they’ll start asking awkward questions about economic, or social, or political, or religious institutions. Perhaps they’ll challenge the opinions of those in power. Then where would we be?”
— Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

http://www.philosophicalsociety.com/archives/skepticism.htm

h/t to Andy Oz

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2 Comments on “Carl Sagan Explains Why Barack Obama Tries To Silence Skeptics”

  1. I’m guessing you guys haven’t read Carl Sagan’s essay on the dangers of climate change:

    http://io9.com/heres-carl-sagans-original-essay-on-the-dangers-of-cl-1481304135

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    • Climatism says:

      Not much in Sagan’s 1990 essay that the ‘theory’ of AGW hadn’t already supposed: “extra CO²…The possibility of a runaway greenhouse effect..etc etc”,

      Sagan only 8 years beyond releasing “Cosmos”, may well have been surprised to know that the Earth’s atmosphere would suddenly stop heating from 1998 (el nino) to present day 2014, despite 35% of all human CO² emissions, since 1751, emitted over the same period.

      Sagan also correctly points out:

      “For hundreds of thousands of years human beings have been burning and cutting down forests…”

      He may well be pleased to note that fossil fuels have greatly eased the burden of forest destruction, whilst greatly improving human welfare, prosperity and life expectancy:

      Without access to fossil fuels, every tree on the planet would have been cut down by now, to provide for peoples heating, cooking and industry.

      When we’re burning fossil fuels, it means we’re not burning something else and cutting down forests. The more we burn fossil fuels… Continue »

      Shock news : UN Carbon Regime Would Devastate Humanity

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