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December 19, 2007

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Joel Schlosberg

Thank you so much for this post! It's a real honor to be mentioned ... I'm happy to have been there to help spark a revival of cyber-Sagan fandom.

Andres del Corral S.

We are made of dust of the stars. That's incredibly beauty.

From Manizales, Colombia.
ADC

Rich Blundell

How wonderful to think that this annual tribute has taken root on the web. It is perhaps the most hopeful gatherings of compassion and concern in these otherwise troubled times. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of it and I hope we can see it grow.

I can only imagine the conversation taking place in the photo of Carl and the Dali Lama. Thank you Ann for sharing once again. The impact of Carl Sagan lives on in all of us.

Juvenal Gordon

A new year of commemoration of CARL SAGAN, do not forget, as long as we remember. Today Tribute to the radio 97.7 FM station Pereira (Colombia), in the Twenty-First Century Explorations program with audio in Spanish greetings of the voyager, the sounds of the earth and music (27 Tracks).

Http://www.pereiraculturayturismo.gov.com

Http://www.jgb-hificosmos.blogspot.com

Juvenal Gordon
Chemistry & Science Comunicator.

A Hug, Ann.

Donald Ritchie

Dear Ann,

I am privileged to be a small part of the Second Annual Carl Sagan Blog-a-thon, and to celebrate the life of a man I never knew, but who has influenced my own life profoundly.

As I get older, I seem to find, more and more, that what Carl Sagan expressed in his extraordinary work, is of such relevance to - and has such resonance in - my own life.

Thank you for your eloquent contributions to the Cosmos DVD release, and for your work on the series when it was first created. It is an enduring testament, not only to your commitment to science but also to Carl.

Generations will thank you both.

With my best wishes, and my sincere thanks,

Donald

Pam

I have the great privilege working closely with this incredible family... it is always a pleasure and a new experience daily..

David Segal

I remember Carl's Cosmos program as a growing teenager in Chile, seeing it in black and white tv and borrowing the book (in spanish) when it was too expensive for me to get.

Years passed, and my interest in astronomy did not fade, now in Israel i really enjoy watching over and over the Cosmos series on DVD. How I wish he could be still with us.

David Segal, Tel Aviv, Israel

KaiYeves

I am just a teen geek who doesn't have a blog or anything. I first learned about your amazing husband from the blogathon last year and was blown away. I have now read three of his books and am reading another one right now. On a message board, I have the Pale Blue Dot as my avatar picture.
The true and deep courage and genius of his life amaze me.
Carl Sagan was a real life Super Hero!

John Olthoff

I'm a grad student at Cornell in Neurobiology & Behavior. I do remember one of the reasons I went into Neuroscience was because of reading The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by you and Sagan. I work on quite a different subfield than evolutionary psychology now, but it helped push me in the right direction! I would love to get it signed sometime, but I always seem to miss your public appearances.

William

Of all people, Carl has had the deepest influence on me. No other person has touched my heart as he has. His ability to elucidate the wonder of science was - and is - unrivaled, elegant like the Cosmos he so loved.

Wish you were here.

Alan Boyle

Dear Ann: Thanks so much for your eloquent post and for chatting with me yesterday, which yielded this not-so-eloquent post:

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/12/20/528690.aspx

Over the years ahead, I'll look forward to more fruits from the seeds Carl planted.

crystian

Saludos desde Chile,la finnis terra,la fuerza de su mensaje viaja por el espacio y tambien llega a lo mas al sur de la tierra.
En esta día especial,recuerdo la primera ves que vi COSMOS y conoci un mundo nuevo, Gracias a Carl and Ann Druyan.
Gracias por hacer del mundo un lugar interesante para vivir y aprender.

Ralph Garner

I believe that Neil De Grasse Tyson should be the one to carry on the fight for science and the seperation of church and state. He can I am sure carry some weight for those of us who have a serious desire to further the reaches of science.

aravindh

Dear Ann,

I have known that I had a thirst for the cosmos since I was a child. I live in south India and the thirst was nearly squashed by the rigid and strictly bureaucratic education system that is followed here and everyone trusts their life with it. Those who question this authority of the system are merely looked down upon and in fifteen years of my life nothing has changed. Education here only meant a means to acquire a good job and nothing else. Science to most of the people here a method to complicate things and a tool to make profit, it doesn't provide anything for the heart.
The nation is still deep rooted in its mysticism, superstition and religious intolerance especially in places like Gujarat.
To me Carl Sagan's outspoken character and gentleness has helped me - perhaps more than my family and friends. His books are rare to find, but I have read three - Cosmos, Dragons of Eden and The Varieties of Scientific Experience. Cosmos helped the rekindle the thirst for the cosmos and knowledge that I had when I was five. I now know to appreciate the night sky and its vastness more than anything. The world seems more surreal yet wonderful after I was introduced to his work. I loved the movie Contact and it helped me think wider than ever. (the first 'zoom out' scene was awesome-when we passed the Milky way and reached Andromeda within seconds I thought "Wow! We are traveling billions of times faster than the speed of light!")

His talks of skepticism and science's self correcting mechanism inspired me. I convinced many of my friends that the Apollo moon 'hoax' was not true. I really hope that science can bring people out of their cloistered minds, bridge barriers, unite communities and help develop a sense of wonder beyond anything else.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Mike T.

Thank you so much for writting annually on this. I check this blog from time to time and am always glad to read anything posted here.

I, like so many others, grew up with Carl's Cosmos series. Indeed it shaped the person I have become.

Many times in my life I have been discouraged by others for being curious. I often think of Carl during these times and how he seemed to get such joy out of being merely curious.

I even had him in mind when I wrote this for my local paper.

http://home.comcast.net/~mikethompson236/images/article.jpg

Carl will forever be one of my heros.

http://home.comcast.net/~mikethompson236/images/article.jpg

Cherie

I started watching Carl Sagan at the age of 5. I was in love with Cosmos at that time. It was Carl Sagan that inspired me to pursue some kind of career in science or engineering. Currently, I'm preparing to graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (I'm 23 now).

I read the "Varieties of Scientific Experience." I couldn't put it down. What an amazing book. Thank you for publishing it. It'll definitely be worth another read.

Thank you so much for carrying on with Carl Sagan's legacy. His work has touched my life more than you can imagine.

alpha-helix

Dear Ann (& Family),

You, too, have touched me with your blogs this year & last - by sharing in The Memory of Carl Sagan, together with those countless other people whose lives he touched in some way - both then, & now, all over the world.

I found Sagan at a time in my youth when I was wondering some of the following:

"Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible." (Epigram from your recent publication "The Varieties of Scientific Experience", Chapter Nine - The Search, quote by L. Tolstoy in "Anna Karenina.")

His works provided me a means to find some of those answers. Those same means have only strengthened in the years since, as my understanding of what he was saying deepens with life experience. I really can't thank either you or him enough in proper proportion to how much these intangible gifts have helped and shaped me into the kind of human being I now am .... my outlook in life.

I know for a fact that such understanding takes time with different people, and some may never quite get there. I'm grateful that Carl Sagan pointed me in the right direction over 20 some years ago. Such understanding, is, indeed, like a "warm embrace."

I always remember Carl Sagan and am proud to call him "my teacher"; for he taught me - so very much. In addition to passing on his gifts to others myself, ... I'm just here to say thank you to you both, as well.

Luke Weston

Dear Ann,

Thank you.

As we work together to try to find the ways to light up this demon-haunted age, and to find the means to protect and cherish our tiny, pale blue world, the tools and methodologies of rigorous scientific method, tempered by rigorous humanity, will be as important as ever.

As we continue to apply, and promote and teach these philosophies and methods that we hold dear and we believe in - just as Carl believed in them - then Carl's spirit will live on, and inspire then as it inspires now, for an eternity.

I hope for a time in the future when the world does not fear science, its methods, and those who practice them, and we bring forth the world from the darkness.

-- Luke

Mehmet

I came upon Carl's work almost entirely by accident, when I was wandering around Madrid airport at the age of 15. I had a long flight ahead of me and wanted to bury my nose in a book, so I picked up a copy of Cosmos--purely because the blurb seemed interesting, and the cover had an interesting picture of a globular cluster on it.

Cosmos transformed me from a young boy with no interest in science or physics, into the astronomy undergraduate I am today.

His absolute enthusiasm in science, knowledge, learning, and; it seemed to me, life in general is an inspiration to everyone. I have only recently discovered these blog posts, and each one is an absolute pleasure to read. Thank you.

davevelo

Hello Ann, the blow-up of Carl with the Dalai Lama doesn't work. The cause is that there is a space between the ? and /photo in the URL: http://anndruyan.typepad.com/.shared/image.html? /photos/uncategorized/2007/12/19/carl_sagan_and_the_dalai_lama_199_2.jpg

Thanks for all that you do Ann! Dave

Andy Fleming

Hello Ann,

Sorry my contribution is so late (as usual!), due to ill health in the family and our current lack of an internet connection due to relocation.

It's wonderful to read your further lovely comments about Carl and to think how far my family's knowledge of astronomy and science in general has progressed in the past year, since watching Cosmos - still the BEST documentary series in the world.

Carl was a truly good, wonderful and inspiring person and scientist who we will never forget, indeed there are few days when his name isn't mentioned in our household, such was the relevance of his work to so many areas of life.

When we return to the internet and get our PC fixed we will contribute further comments. Indeed my son David, 11, and myself wish to create a science-orientated website, with obviously a large tribute to Carl, our local observatory and plantarium etc.

It brings so much joy to us to share in celebrating the life of such a wonderful person.

Love
Andy, Gill and David Fleming
Stockton-on-Tees
UK

Ron Page

I blame the fact that I spend too much time watching the Discovery Channels on Carl. I used to wonder through the pages of the book Cosmos as a child (I'm 19 years old now so we're talking at most ten or twelve years ago) and nobody was more excited than me when it was announced that the Science Channel would be airing reruns of Cosmos. No matter how many shows William Shatner or some other famous guy narrates, I'd still rather listen to Carl Sagan on one of the old Cosmos shows. I was watching Cosmos tonight, which made me want to look up this web site. He had a rare knack for teaching that gets me so interested. Every time I watch his show I want to pack up and go exploring! Thanks a Bunch!
By the way, Contact is one of my favorite movies ever made. I saw it theaters with my dad when I was nine, so me liking it in the first place had nothing to do with Carl (because nowadays I think I am way to biased to review anything he had to do with, as I'd probably praise it without thinking because I admire him so much!) but simply the work itself. Thanks for all the enlightenment and entertainment through the Cosmos TV show, and have a wonderful new year!

Gerard McCartney

In Ireland we had the Cosmos series on television in the early eighties. I was in my late teens. I loved the series, it made me think about the universe and the meaning of life. I loved the music, which got me into the music of Vangelis and then into the music of Yes. I still listen exclusively to theses artists. I queried my religion after reading the Dragons of Eden and lost my religion (and dont regret that). The book also sparked an interest in me in the workings of the mind. I did a project for school using his book as a base and wrote to Carl for support. It was you that answered my letter and sent me a photograph which I still cherish along with book references you gave me. The interest in the human mind has stayed with me. I've now been a psychiatric nurse for 22 years. I met my wife in the same hospital and we have two children 15 and 11. Perhaps having Carl as my teenage idol would seem strange to many but not to me. More recently I read Candle in the Dark and was amazed how close my own perceptions are to Carls. I loved your 2006 blog. With the music playing in the back ground I was nearly in tears. Lovely to see how close you two were. I have the cosmos on DVD and the Cosmos book. I encourage my children to reference them. When they ask me deep questions about life and the universe I can answer them thanks to Carl.

Happy New Year Ann
Gerard McCartney
Belfast
Ireland

Helen H. Kang

Dear Ann,

Thank you for another wonderful blog entry. It is unquestionable that Carl’s legacy grows as the years pass. With global warming and nuclear weapon threat looming over our planet, Carl’s words still speak to us with such clarity. Thank you again for sharing your stories with us, reminding us of Carl not only as a courageous and brilliant scientist and educator, but also as a human being, eager to enlighten and guide our species in the path of reason and advancement.

I remember watching Cosmos on TV for the first time and being absolutely mesmerized. I was simply blown away by Carl’s incredible storytelling - about how it all became and just how we fit in this infinity and eternity of space and time. He undeniably helped shape how I view the universe and my place in it. As Carl said, astronomy (amateur astronomy in my case!) is a humbling and self-improving experience – but most importantly, it made me a better person in the sense that I WANT to help other people, I WANT to help save the planet, and most of all, I WANT to contribute to the human knowledge by participating in science. It made me more a more aware, humble, and generous person – and also a scientist. I am currently a research assistant in pediatric AIDS research in Boston. When I face an obstacle in research, my strong belief and conviction in science drives me to do that extra work and not lose my motivation at the bench. I am hoping to be matriculated to a doctoral program somewhere in the country by September 2009. I know that throughout my career, I can always turn to Carl’s words and wisdom for guidance. So there you have it, I am one of the countless people that were inspired by Carl to go into science… and to love it.

Thank you again for sharing your stories with us and also for listening to us. Hopefully we will hear from you again next year?

Sincerely,
Helen H. K.
Boston, MA, USA

Ps) By the way Ann, I have been a part of a Carl Sagan tribute group on Facebook for a while now. Just wanted to let you know how much he is remembered by all of us! :)

Jason

Cosmos was like a lightning rod to me when I was in grade school. I have a BS, and MS in Physics because of the spark Carl lit. At least one of his books is at my bedside library at all times. Demon-haunted world is too precious to put with the common stuff.

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