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British and Canadian sci-fi strikes me as more forward-looking than its American counterpart, as evidenced by the success of Iain M. Banks, Charlie Stross, Robert Charles Wilson, and Cory Doctorow.


Nick Sagan

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For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
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We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and te...
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I find many adults are put off when young children pose scientific questions. Why is the Moon round?...
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There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate ...
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Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly o...
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I would suggest that science is, at least in my part, informed worship.
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The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosm...
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Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people r...
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Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understand...
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It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fift...
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Princeton is very strong at undergraduate education in every area, whether it's firsthand research w...
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Understanding is a kind of ecstasy
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You probably don't need more weapons than what's required to destroy every city on earth. Th...
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Even if the aliens are short, dour, and sexually obsessed—if they’re here, I want to know about ...
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Occasionally, I get a letter from someone who is in “contact” with extraterrestrials. I am invit...
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Let's see if I got this right," she would say to herself. "I've taken an inert gas that's in the air...
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Many religions have attempted to make statues of their gods very large, and the idea, I suppose, is ...
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To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.
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As science advances, there seems to be less and less for God to do. It's a big universe, of course, ...
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Nevertheless, (Jefferson) believed that the habit of skepticism is an essential prerequisite for res...
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At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes--an op...
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[When a religious couple wrote to Sagan about fulfilled prophecies, he wrote back in May 1996...
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We have examined the universe in space and seen that we live on a mote of dust circling a humdrum st...
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It is said that men may not be the dreams of the god, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men...
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Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.
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If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a ...
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we make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers
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I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering ...
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The number of external galaxies beyond the Milky Way is at least in the thousands of millions and pe...
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If we are to send people, it must be for a very good reason - and with a realistic understanding tha...
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I consider it an extremely dangerous doctrine, because the more likely we are to assume that the sol...
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Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you k...
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From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's d...
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Advertising teaches people not to trust their judgment. Advertising teaches people to be stupid.
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No question; language can free us of feeling, or almost. Maybe that's one of its functions - so we c...
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These are the folks who brought us the hydrogen bomb. Forgive me, Lord, for not being more grateful ...
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