Autotuned - Carl Sagan 1966 Interview about Science , UFOs and Religion - Composition





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Published on Jun 17, 2011

-inspired by Melodysheep-
i think a key to what's behind the belief in flying saucers
it is most easily obtained if you look at the contact myths
there are several hundred people in the United States who claim to have
personal contact with the inhabitants of flying saucers who have landed
and if you examine these myths you'll find that
there are some peculiar regularities the ah,
inhabitants of saucers are benevolent
they are really concerned for our well-being
they are omnipotent, extremely powerful
omniscient, extremely knowledgeable
and they often wear long white robes
now this combination is something ive heard in another context
this isnt science, this is religion
what i suspect is happening is this
we live in a very unsettled times
it used to be possible to believe in a
personal, benevolent, powerful, all-knowing god
who cared on invididuals, who you could pray to
but now, there is very few people who really believe that., i think
science, for good or for ill,
has destroyed a lot of the traditional theologies.
and yet people have the same means to believe that they always did
perhaps more so, because of the times we live in.
flying saucer myths, are a really clever compromise,
its a way of having beings that come from the sky
that are worried about us, that are powerful
that are gonna step in and prevent us from destroying ourselves
as we very well might
and yet have it in the cloak of science
but no one can say nonsense, that doesnt match science
its all very pseudo-scientific
i would think that ah, that at least for the contact myths
and probably for a lot of the
events of people who just see things they dont understand flying overhead
thats whats involved ah psychology and theology
are not so much to the physical sciences
where it is all connected
with the possibility of extra-terrestial life
that doesn't say that i think extra-terrestial life is impossible;
quite the contrary:
i think that many of the stars in the sky have planetary systems
we know enough now that the origin of lives make it appear
likely that life arises naturally on the vast boast of these planets
its possible but by no means certain
that life on many of these planets evolves into beings
which are as advanced as we
or more advanced, any reason why we cant imagine that there are civilizations
thousands of millions of years in advance of ourselves capable of technical
feats that we can hardly imagine.
if you would believe as ah, as the flying saucer cultists would have us believe
that the majority of the saucer reports are due to a visitations
they have a very strange situation
that means several spaceships are coming to the earth to reach the solar
systems every day
as if all the anthropologists in the world would convierge on one of the,
the andaman islands and the indian ocean
because they just invented the fishnet there or something
i think there is much more reasonable
if you want to spectulate on the possibility of extra-terrestial intelligence
there are very rare visits, from extra-terrestials to the earth
there is no evidence for this
i could say that is not implausible
but thats several visits a day
i think its strange credulity

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