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Books are proof that humans are capable of creating magic
- Carl Sagan (via lets-be-alone—together)
8 months ago on August 19th, 2013 | J | 45 notes
astrotastic:


Carl Sagan, 1975 recipient of the Priestley Award, looks through Joseph Priestley’s burning glass.

astrotastic:

Carl Sagan, 1975 recipient of the Priestley Award, looks through Joseph Priestley’s burning glass.

10 months ago on June 7th, 2013 | J | 364 notes
inspiringfood:

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
-Carl Sagan
photo: bitesofdelights.tumblr.com

inspiringfood:

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

-Carl Sagan

photo: bitesofdelights.tumblr.com

1 year ago on September 23rd, 2012 | J | 7 notes

Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.

There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as the Candle in The Dark  (via skaterboytae)
2 years ago on March 30th, 2012 | J | 37,286 notes