Monday, December 16, 2013

The Demon-Haunted World


Click the arrow to watch Carl Sagan interview by Charlie Rose. Video source: YouTube.

On May 27, 1996, astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on the Charlie Rose show to promote his final book, The Demon-Haunted World.

Sagan passed away less than two years later, the victim of pneumonia while undergoing a bone-marrow transplant to treat his myelodysplasia.

In his opening remarks, Sagan notes that the scientifically illiterate members of Congress decide what are the government's science priorities, and that the Republican majority then controlling Congress had just abolished (in 1995) the Office of Technology Assessment

Here we are seventeen years later, and Congress is more idiotic than ever.

Our political world most certainly is haunted by demons.

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