Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the Human Future in Space [PDF ebook] by Carl Sagan

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Free download Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the Human Future in Space æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Of who we are and where we stand and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge Photos many in col. Pale Blue Dot refers to the Earth as photographed from the Voyager craft at a point beyond the orbit of Neptune Of course at that distance the Earth is barely discernible a very small unremarkable pale blue dot among a myriad of billions of other unremarkable points of light Yet all our history civilization and culture that we have ever known has occurred on that dotEven though our ingrained geo centric and ethno centric biases cause us to become deflated and even depressed at the realization of the truth of our insignificance in the vast universe this book is actually meant to inspire hope in all of us Its subtitle A Vision of the Human Future in Space is what this book is all about Carl Sagan was a big believer in space exploration and he inspired millions of others to be alsoThere are two reasons why I find it really difficult to have the optimism that Carl Sagan has First he talks of traveling the vast distances from star to star and eventually even to other galaxies The reality of the limit of the speed of light and the extreme difficulty and power reuirements to just achieve a fraction of that speed just seem to be insurmountable obstacles Second the human race is obviously incapable of even responsibly managing its own affairs on its own home planet and we are likewise extremely resistant to even subtle changes that reuire collective mandates examples American attempts to implement the metric system dollar coins or fair and cost saving health care reform not to mention our inability to address far pressing crises like population control and global warmingOverall I loved this book It is the best of the five Carl Sagan books I have read yet and I recommend it for everyone

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Free download Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the Human Future in Space æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may de. Once in German class I recommended Carl Sagan s magnificent Cosmos television series to a classmate Wow she said That s the first time somebody suggested Carl Sagan to me who wasn t a pothead I wasn t sure if that was an insult or a compliment I said thanks anywayAlthough I m sure Carl Sagan can be enjoyed in a variety of altered states he can be enjoyable for those of us here on earth too In fact the message of this book can if one can stomach the clich justly be described as sobering It is at the very least seriousThere are several components to Sagan s message though they are all intertwined The first is simply to bring home how huge how tremendously large how stunningly vast is the universe The cosmos is bigger and complex than anyone had dared thought Humans are wont to place themselves in the center of things We have invented a thousand cosmologies full of heroes and villains gods and beasts yet fecund as it is the human imagination seems particularly unable or perhaps unwilling to imagine ourselves as we are insignificantSagan goes through every human conceit he can get his hands on and not without a smile of satisfaction proceeds to knock them all down The universe appears to be sublimely indifferent to our survival This is scary At least Sagan thinks so and he wants you to think so too Sagan would have us do our best despite our reluctance to think of the earth not as the stage of our petty dramas but as it appears from the outside a speck in spaceThis leads Sagan to his next general point we are all in this together As we contemplate our cosmic insignificance our various provincial loyalties seem even insignificant still If the universe is indifferent to human life it is surely indifferent to this year s election results to religious struggles to racist conceits We are in short on our own and since no help is coming from outside we have to help one another The earth is not the mighty center of things we had once thought it is instead fragile And faced with this infinite dark we must realize that what unites humans far outweighs what divides usBut added to the general hazards that come with living on a bit of cosmic dust we have invented hazards for ourselves For the first time in our species s history we have developed technologies capable of destroying human life altogether Some of these are intentionally malicious such as nuclear warheads but others result from a lack of prudence such as our enthusiastic fossil fuel burning Sagan sees the human race at present as a bunch of pre teens playing with daddy s gun he wants us to keep the safety onTechnology isn t however all bad we have also used our technology to make great strides We have explored the solar system sending out probes to distant planets and this information has allowed scientists to better understand our own planet It is because of our space exploration that we now understand our own fragility But space exploration has not only yielded knowledge it has created opportunities Sagan is very optimistic about the human future in space Not only does he think it can happen but he thinks it must happen if we are to survive in the long run The dinosaurs were destroyed by an asteroid why not us We need to spread ourselves out as a kind of cosmic insurance policy We will travel throughout the solar system and beyond carving out hospitable environments for human life on other worldsThis is the final piece of the puzzle Technology is in itself indifferent it can be used creatively or destructively We have at present weapons unimaginable to people living just 100 years ago we have also medicine incomparably better What will make the difference in the long run says Sagan is not technology per se but technology combined with good judgment And how does one cultivate good judgment It has many facets a skeptical attitude a willingness to learn a pragmatic approach and a readiness to place truth over dogma facts over wishes And all these are embodied in the scientific attitude That s why books like this are so important they teach science to the worldSo there s his argument It doesn t reuire any drugs to appreciate that rightAs a side note I d like to recommend the audiobook version of this work It is mainly narrated by Sagan whose deep booming voice never fails to give me goosebumps Annoyingly Sagan sometimes trades off with another voice actor who has a very nasal and uninspiring voice but Sagan does read most of the lyrical bitsSpeaking of lyrical bits there are some parts of this book that are uite simply beautiful Sagan is a consistently strong writer but he is occasionally able to reach remarkable heights What is I think the secret of his elouence is his awe for the natural world Wonder is simply not a strong enough word for the breathless astonishment he feels when looking up at the night sky Sagan manages to combine a sense of both religious reverence and scientific scrutiny This is no mean feat For my part I find the two feelings opposed to one anotherI could go on about the fascinating descriptions of other worlds the interesting facts about NASA s various missions Sagan s remarkable breadth of knowledge and his love of aliens but I think I ll leave that for my fellow reviewers After all Goodreads like the International Space Station is a cooperative venture international in scope and exploratory in nature Mencari Sarang Angin yet fecund as it is the human imagination seems particularly unable or perhaps unwilling to imagine ourselves as we are insignificantSagan goes through every human conceit he can get his hands on and not without a smile of satisfaction proceeds to knock them all down The universe appears to be sublimely indifferent to our survival This is scary At least Sagan thinks so and he wants The Language Barrier you to think so too Sagan would have us do our best despite our reluctance to think of the earth not as the stage of our petty dramas but as it appears from the outside a speck in spaceThis leads Sagan to his next general point we are all in this together As we contemplate our cosmic insignificance our various provincial loyalties seem even insignificant still If the universe is indifferent to human life it is surely indifferent to this To Turn the Hearts year s election results to religious struggles to racist conceits We are in short on our own and since no help is coming from outside we have to help one another The earth is not the mighty center of things we had once thought it is instead fragile And faced with this infinite dark we must realize that what unites humans far outweighs what divides usBut added to the general hazards that come with living on a bit of cosmic dust we have invented hazards for ourselves For the first time in our species s history we have developed technologies capable of destroying human life altogether Some of these are intentionally malicious such as nuclear warheads but others result from a lack of prudence such as our enthusiastic fossil fuel burning Sagan sees the human race at present as a bunch of pre teens playing with daddy s gun he wants us to keep the safety onTechnology isn t however all bad we have also used our technology to make great strides We have explored the solar system sending out probes to distant planets and this information has allowed scientists to better understand our own planet It is because of our space exploration that we now understand our own fragility But space exploration has not only Mulai Saat Ini Segalanya akan Berubah yielded knowledge it has created opportunities Sagan is very optimistic about the human future in space Not only does he think it can happen but he thinks it must happen if we are to survive in the long run The dinosaurs were destroyed by an asteroid why not us We need to spread ourselves out as a kind of cosmic insurance policy We will travel throughout the solar system and beyond carving out hospitable environments for human life on other worldsThis is the final piece of the puzzle Technology is in itself indifferent it can be used creatively or destructively We have at present weapons unimaginable to people living just 100 Envisioning An English Empire Jamestown And TheMaking Of The North Atlantic World Early American Studies years ago we have also medicine incomparably better What will make the difference in the long run says Sagan is not technology per se but technology combined with good judgment And how does one cultivate good judgment It has many facets a skeptical attitude a willingness to learn a pragmatic approach and a readiness to place truth over dogma facts over wishes And all these are embodied in the scientific attitude That s why books like this are so important they teach science to the worldSo there s his argument It doesn t reuire any drugs to appreciate that rightAs a side note I d like to recommend the audiobook version of this work It is mainly narrated by Sagan whose deep booming voice never fails to give me goosebumps Annoyingly Sagan sometimes trades off with another voice actor who has a very nasal and uninspiring voice but Sagan does read most of the lyrical bitsSpeaking of lyrical bits there are some parts of this book that are uite simply beautiful Sagan is a consistently strong writer but he is occasionally able to reach remarkable heights What is I think the secret of his elouence is his awe for the natural world Wonder is simply not a strong enough word for the breathless astonishment he feels when looking up at the night sky Sagan manages to combine a sense of both religious reverence and scientific scrutiny This is no mean feat For my part I find the two feelings opposed to one anotherI could go on about the fascinating descriptions of other worlds the interesting facts about NASA s various missions Sagan s remarkable breadth of knowledge and his love of aliens but I think I ll leave that for my fellow reviewers After all Goodreads like the International Space Station is a cooperative venture international in scope and exploratory in nature

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Free download Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the Human Future in Space æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Pend on the wise use of other worlds This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception. There was a time when I simply could NOT get enough of Carl Sagan I read everything he wrote watched every documentary that he made I adore him still Pale Blue Dot is NOT like Cosmos the book with which most people are familiar Cosmos dealt with astronomy and gave you a basic understanding of the entire cosmos in a way that you would understand It s one of the reasons it is so popular In Pale Blue Dot Sagan is speaking to those who love the Earth love its relationship to the Cosmos how it is all interconnected together and how the pale blue dot has to survive in order for the rest of the cosmos to survive It is a book about space the future of space exploration and our future there and whether it will save us all This book is truly Carl Sagan at his very best and if you are Sagan fan I dare you to read it without hearing the words Billllions and Billlions of years ago in a way only he could do

  • Paperback
  • 384
  • Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the Human Future in Space
  • Carl Sagan
  • English
  • 14 February 2018
  • 9780345376596