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Carl Sagan
(1934-1996) born on
Nov 09
US astronomer. He provided insight in the origin of life by producing amino acids in a mixture of chemicals irradiated by ultraviolet light; wrote "Contact."
The gears of poverty, ignorance, hopelessness and low self-esteem interact to create a kind of perpetual failure machine that grinds down dreams from generation to generation. We all bear the cost of keeping it running. Illiteracy is its linchpin.

I would be very ashamed of my civilization if we did not try to find out if there is life in outer space.
The uniqueness of humans has been claimed on many grounds, but most often because of our tool-making, culture, language, reason and morality. We have them, the other animals don't, and -- so the argument goes -- that's that.
All inquires carry with them some element of risk. There is no guarantee that the universe will conform to our predispositions.
There is a lurking fear that some things are 'not meant' to be known, that some inquiries are too dangerous for human being to make.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Parade, 3/6/1993 with Ann Druyan
R: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
A: with Ann Druyan.
N: "Broca's Brain," 1979.
K: "Broca's Brain," 1979.

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