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We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness

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Published on Aug 14, 2010

http://facebook.com/ScienceReason ... Great Minds, Great Words: We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness (Best of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Part 20)

This is Carl Sagan reading from his book, "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space". Director Michael Marantz shoots the timelapse for this piece, composes the music and edits.


"It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri, and the other nearby stars, it will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses, more confident, far-seeing, capable, and prudent. For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness." (Carl Sagan)

A film by: Michael Marantz
http://www.michaelmarantz.com


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BEST OF CARL SAGAN'S "COSMOS":

1) 10 Years After: Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan Reflect:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leTNfw...
2) Lost Between Immensity And Eternity:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIVsDg...
3) The Realm Of The Galaxies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1axoV6...
4) Our Galaxy, The Milky Way:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOazBT...
5) Our Solar System:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBqjob...
6) Eratosthenes And The Round Earth Model:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en5UKt...
7) The Library Of Alexandria:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVQs4B...
8) A Short History Of The Universe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n2r0q...
9) Artificial And Natural Selection:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3uToV...
10) The Cosmic Year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFqbm_...
11) Tree Of Life - 4 Billion Years Of Evolution:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF0UEC...
12) The Miracle Of Life:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOyojW...
13) DNA - The Common Basis Of Life:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecmuvj...
14) Abiogenesis The Origin Of Life:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yet1xk...
15) Astronomy vs Astrology:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImaQS9...
16) Pictures In The Sky:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwCAwc...
17) Ancient Astronomy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-5dwJ...
18) Triumph Of Modern Science Over Medieval Superstition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lfmRq...
19) The Mysterious Tonguska Event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irVof7...
20) We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTumUJ...

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Carl Edward Sagan, Ph.D. (1934-1996) was an American astronomer, astrochemist, author, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

He is world-famous for writing popular science books and for co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage", which has been seen by more than 600 million people in over 60 countries, making it the most widely watched PBS program in history.

A book to accompany the program was also published. He also wrote the novel "Contact", the basis for the 1997 Robert Zemecki's film of the same name starring Jodie Foster.

During his lifetime, Sagan published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. In his works, he frequently advocated skeptical inquiry, secular humanism, and the scientific method.

http://www.carlsagan.com
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