by Sunu Pradana on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:21pm
SCIENCE AND HOPE
"...Popularizing science—trying to make its methods and findings accessible to non-scientists—then follows naturally and immediately. Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you're in love, you want to tell the world. This book is a personal statement, reflecting my lifelong love affair with science.
But there's another reason: Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or 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 DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD: Science as a Candle in the Dark"
by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
Ballantine Books (February 25, 1997)