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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."
         
   
F
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.

R
I would be very ashamed of my civilization if we did not try to find out if there is life in outer space.
A
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.
N
All inquires carry with them some element of risk. There is no guarantee that the universe will conform to our predispositions.
K
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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