We all know Carl Sagan. More than likely you met Carl on his PBS 13 part series Cosmos back in 1980. I know I did, and anxiously awaited for each subsequent episode.
Cosmos was subtitled “A personal Voyage”. It covers a wide range of scientific subjects, from evolution to a perspective of our place in the universe. Scientifically, Sagan was pre Quantum Physics and in some areas wrong. But he was definitely ahead of his time in others and surely in his Cosmos presentation.
What you may not know were his famous prophetic words in his last book "The Demon Haunted World." from back in 1996. As much as the press idolized him back in the day, you hear little about him now-a-days, maybe because of these words. He passed in 1996 at only 62. - W.W.
"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or my grandchildren's time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance."