Dawkins made me an atheist, but Sagan first had to make me a sceptic. In my childhood, I used to believe anything I read. I was obsessed with pseudo-scientific rubbish like ESP and Telepathy and Aliens in Roswell. It took kind-hearted Sagan's thought-provoking books to guide me back to a more sensble path.
Carl Sagan was a great explainer and a passionate communicator. Who better to represent all of humanity, in the plaques that were sent out to space in the Voyager?
- The Pale-Blue Dot speech (see here)
- The Demon-Haunted World
- Broca's Brain
- Contact (fiction)