Friday, October 16, 2009


I am creating this as a way for me to vent. The title was stolen from a chapter title in Carl Sagan's A Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. So I figured an excellent way to start a new blog is with a quote from the book in which I stole this title.

"....Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves. I worry that, especially as the Millennium nears, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us, then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.

The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir." - Carl Sagan, A Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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