Carl Sagan Day is “is a celebration of the life and teachings of Carl Sagan, whose many books, television appearances (most notably Cosmos), and NASA projects influenced a generation of thinkers.” (from carlsaganday.com).
Maybe it’s not a “proper” holiday in the more traditional sense, but as someone who loves learning in general, and science and astronomy more specifically, I feel it is an appropriate addition to our repertoire.
I celebrated Carl Sagan Day last night by spending some time staring up in wonder at a clear, star-filled sky. Which is exactly how Carl would have wanted me to, I’d like to think.
Some semi-random pearls of Carl’s wisdom:
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”
“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”
“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”