ClimateCrocks.com: Just before his death, Carl Sagan warned us about the perils of a technological society where fewer and fewer people know, or care, what science says.

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  • Chuffererd 7 months ago

    Here’s my home boy.

  • Gord Wait 8 months ago

    Absolutely!

    There seems to be a renewed war on science from many fronts.
    Politicians don’t want people to develop a good skeptical BS detector..

  • munstrumridcully 8 months ago

    Carl Sagan, my hero! =)

  • Michael G. Smith 8 months ago

    His last interview. Sage advice as true now as then

  • Roy Gardnerra 8 months ago

    Carl Sagan inspired a generation of scientists with his work in and out of
    the classroom. But he didn’t always present science with cheer. In this
    clip, he passionately defends science with a grave warning. It’s something
    we all need to hear.

    From:
    http://www.upworthy.com/a-science-icon-died-17-years-ago-in-his-last-interview-he-made-a-warning-that-gives-me-goosebumps-5?c=reccon1

  • Robert Johns 8 months ago

    And right there is the strongest argument for good education that there is.

  • Michael Molash 8 months ago

    Without education, the government runs us.

    Carl Sagan and Government_ Charlie Rose.wmv

  • Fair Trade Community 8 months ago

    A Science Icon Died 17 Years Ago. In His Last Interview, He Made A Warning
    That Gives Me Goosebumps. Carl Sagan and Government_ Charlie Rose.wmv

  • Sentience 9 months ago

    well…. I guess we’re fucked now

  • Justus McNeal 9 months ago

    Carl Sagan isn’t as bright of a person as his desire for fame implies.

    What he is using is what we in philosophy call part of the “end of history”
    fallacy. His idea is that we live in an age of the most modern technology,
    implying that we live in it in a way we did not before. This debate of
    religion versus science and technology has been going on for 200 years.
    There is nothing special about the modern day.

    He points to the fact that congressmen don’t have a background in science,
    and there is a good reason for this. Scientists collect and analyze data.
    Scientists do not apply their knowledge, they just try to stream the
    knowledge to those who can apply it. Policymaking and science are
    different disciplines and should be separated. The scientists are welcome
    to present their arguments, and should be given a more intent ear than most
    people, but there are very good reasons for scientists not getting involved
    in decision making because there is a lot of non-science that has to be
    taken into consideration.

    Scientists are specialists. A biologist will never be prepared to comment
    on sociology, etc… Policymakers need to listen to and make sense of
    arguments where they may not necessarily have all the information, but
    where they can get just enough to know the correct course of action.

    It’s not a perfect system, but…

    Keep in mind that the USSR had one of the world’s most extensive scientific
    programs. They spent far more on R&D than any other country on the planet,
    far more than the United States during the Cold War. The USSR is not with
    us today because of their overreliance on science.

  • Ramin Honary 9 months ago

    *Carl Sagan in 1996 said our society depends on science in every way, yet
    very few of us understand it at all.*
    Money in politics is one major issue, but it is not the only thing
    destroying our society. Technology, and the fact that people who understand
    technology are so few and so specialized, have guaranteed that only the
    wealthy and powerful can take full advantage of it. A corrupt and powerful
    government/corporate ruling class pays knowledgeable people very well to
    harness the power of science, producing technology that is used to control
    people of lower class.
    In this interview, Sagan was more concerned about nuclear
    proliferation — the a military class has the power to destroy the whole
    planet elite, is ostensibly accountable to the people who know nearly
    nothing about it.
    But there is no shortage of examples in our generation. The recent *NSA
    scandal* and the continued persecution of whistleblowers. Out-of-control *costs
    of health care* is another issue resulting from science being controlled
    only by the wealthy elite. *Global warming* is monster that is even more of
    a problem because of socially engineered ignorance.
    I believe even problems like unemployment somehow tie into the
    disgraceful scientific ignorance of our society. The ruling class only
    looks out for themselves, the only work available is the work that exists
    to protect the interests ruling class. If you are not working to that end,
    you will not find employment.
    We may be able to solve the problem of money in politics, we may
    even see a constitutional amendment. But that won’t solve the whole
    problem. Scientific literacy needs to improve, worldwide, but especially in
    the United States, or the problems we face now will persist for
    generations, or destroy us entirely.

  • Mez Kitsu 9 months ago

    I’m glad I don’t live in a democracy. My government makes decisions based
    upon merit and nobility; not majority rule. ^^;

  • Chip Fox 9 months ago

    We’ve arranged a society based on science & technology in which nobody
    understands anything about science and technology. Power+Ignorance

    Carl Sagan and Government_ Charlie Rose.wmv

  • theunpossiblefile 9 months ago

    I was never a fan of Carl Sagan but look at the crap that seeks too replace
    him>>>>
    the “Nasa End of Mankind”, Nibiru, Call From Another Galaxy, Ha!

  • Emberlea101 9 months ago

    Schools are a joke. I was told by a teacher that “Evolution is not
    important” and we didn’t read the chapter. Then when I got to college. The
    Biology professor said “Look, I know how your schools are around here.
    Forget everything” It was a nice change.

  • Robert Hersh-geer 9 months ago
  • theunpossiblefile 9 months ago

    Ayn Rand is exactly the kind of charlatan he was talking about.
    Even she would have swallowed a bottle of speed if she had ever
    seen the movies Atlas Shrugged 1 & 2 based on her book.
    Objectivist & Libertarian porn. Sat through 20 minutes of 2.
    Thank goshness I didn’t have to pay for it.

  • 1955RodHot 10 months ago

    90% of the people who believe in the Bible have never read the Bible. Go
    ahead and try to prove me wrong on that.

  • Tony James 10 months ago

    What would you tell your 14-year-old self?
    My advice would be really -boring: keep on with science subjects, because
    understanding of science will be so important in your future life. I’ve
    held seminars in No. 10 about graphene and quantum theory, which I love
    doing. But I have to read up a lot before I get started. So: a little more
    on the physics and chemistry, please, David.
    David Cameron ~ Prime Minister

  • Thomas Maincent 10 months ago

    So true. Remember to be skeptical!!!

  • mweibleii 10 months ago

    The government does now run our lives.