Good Reads with Chai – Carl Sagan Special – July 19

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”

Renowned author and astrophysicist Carl Sagan, said these resounding words in one of his most noteworthy works – Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

His words echo through the sway of space and time, and while we have made significant inroads in our mission to support life outside of Earth, it is imperative that we take every possible step and effort to ensure the sustainability of the planet for future generations.

This past month, we’ve been trying to communicate this exact message through various mediums via our #ProEarth campaign and on this edition of Good Reads we’re going to be taking a look at the work and wisdom of the man himself. So let’s dive right into it. Here’s our curated Carl Sagan collection, enjoyed best with a cup of our Loose Leaf Teas.

  • Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of Human Future in Space

    In this book, book, Sagan mixes philosophy about the human place in the universe with a description of the current knowledge about the Solar System. He also details a human vision for the future.

  • Cosmos
    Cosmos covers a broad range of topics, comprising Sagan’s reflections on anthropological, cosmological, biological, historical, and astronomical matters from antiquity to contemporary times.

    Cosmos also was a well-received documentary series where Sagan explains his theories in an intimate setting.

  • The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective
    Through this book, Sagan covers several topics, and focuses mainly on the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, the likelihood of the existence of more advanced civilizations, and their distribution in the local galaxy, and in the universe.

    He describes the hypothetical opinions of more advanced intelligences and their views of the Earth, as well as communication with mankind

  • Billions & Billions
    Billions and Billions is a collection of essays Sagan wrote covering diverse topics such as global warming, the population explosion, extraterrestrial life, morality, and the abortion debate.

    The last chapter is an account of his struggle with myelodysplasia, the disease which finally took his life in December 1996. Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan, wrote the epilogue of the book after his death.

  • The Demon-Haunted World
    Through this book Sagan explain the scientific method to the layman, and to encourage people to learn critical and skeptical thinking.

    Sagan states that when new ideas are offered for consideration, they should be tested by means of skeptical thinking and should stand up to rigorous questioning.

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Through this blog, we hope we have given you the tools you need to go on a voyage with Carl Sagan into an endless multiverse!

Stay tuned for the next edition of Good Reads with Chai! Until then …

Keep calm and Chai on.

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