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A quote from Carl Sagan at the end of his book.

excerpt from the demon haunted world: science as a candle in the dark:

“I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudo-science and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us-then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls. The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.” -Carl Sagan

The Frailty of Knowledge

As a fan of Carl Sagan’s works, it is a delight to come across the video musings created by Callum C.J. Sutherland. He has masterfully combined the voice of Carl Sagan with modern digital technology and produced beautiful narrated works that speaks to all. Be sure to check out the rest of his creations on his YouTube channel and Like the Milky Way Musings Facebook page.

Here is one of his creations, The Frailty of Knowledge, which includes a bit on Hypatia, a sad story in our planet’s history: