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December 19, 2007

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John Smith

Most humans don't care about earth life so you can't expect them to have the intellectual resources to be interested in non-earth life. Like the polar bear will likely become extinct because of the degradation of it’s habitat caused by anthropogenic global warming so they move inland where red-necks will shoot them. Or juvenile delinquents harassing bison with off-track motorcycles; or the dwindling wild horses being shot and dumped into pick-up trucks to be processed into dog food because pot-bellied ranch owners with corrupt political connections need more land for their cows, the cows contribute to global warming too. The Edenic world’s among the stars will only be fouled by the worst specimens of humanity who are the only people with the wealth required to be able to go there. And they will bring all their geo-centric provincial stupidity and superstitions with them. After all when the astronauts went to the moon they played golf…just like any flabby-country-club-conscious professional here on the degrading earth.

Marco

Es fascinante el legado que nos ha dejado Carl Sagan, y cobra también valor el trabajo de Ann Druyan hasta estos días por preservar y continuar con la divulgación del trabajo de él.

Escribo en español para hacer notar que también en el mundo hispanohablante Carl Sagan es reconocido como una gran figura científica y para muchos el mejor divulgador científico que haya existido. Muchos dicen con razón: que era capaz de explicar de manera tan sencilla los más grandes y fascinantes teorías sobre nuestro universo.

Como se le extraña a Carl Sagan, pocas personas como él, que supo hacernos ver la grandeza de nuestro cosmos y la (in)significancia de nuestra especia, y ponernos en mente que debemos cuidarnos y dejar de lado todo lo que nos pueda conducir a la autodestrucción.

Muchos saludos a Ann Druyan, quien hace posible este blog en donde muchos podemos expresar nuestro aprecio eterno hacia Carl. =)

Marco Carrasco V.
Lima, Perú.

Aaron Sakovich

Dear Ann,

I first became aware of your husband as a young man about 20 with the Viking program, then Voyager, but best when Cosmos aired on PBS for the first time. I was enthralled and captivated by the wisdom, the quiet intelligence, the stirring passion, and the awesome reason your husband exemplified and was able to impart in a way that anyone could grasp. I could not wait for the next week's episode, and as soon as I could, I bought the book. And the record. And then I joined the Planetary Society.
His inspiration directed me to a role in the space program. I worked on the early design of the International Space Station, then was involved in a variety of space science programs as a subcontractor. Then, I had children, and I've now exposed my son to your husband's work.
I started off with the movie Contact -- it captivated Kevin, and years later, he still says it is his favorite movie of all time. I bought the DVD set of Cosmos, and we've watched every episode, and are now starting to watch it a second time. He's started reading Contact, and I've dusted off the old hardbacked copy of Cosmos, as well as my record (and turntable!) for him.
To see a 14 year old anxious to plug in a record player, and interested in a book I've had for 25 years, is more than gratifying. It reminds me of the eagerness for knowledge I felt when I was only a little older than him, and the inspiration your husband was to me.
I write this with a copy of "The Demon Haunted World" by my left hand, and a framed copy of the Pale Blue Dot on the wall by me. My son and I have just renewed our membership in the Planetary Society, and we plan on heading to the Von Braun Astronomical Society's planetarium and observatory this weekend, as we have before. My son has shown he now has a direction for his life: he says that without a doubt, he wants to be an astronomer. He has become active in the North Alabama Freethought Association, is our group's youngest forum moderator, and aspires to be an Assistant Organizer.
My son was only 2 years old when Carl died. But his legacy continues to inspire us, and is now touching the second generation of our family.
I must thank you, Ann, for keeping his dream alive.

Very sincerely,
Aaron and Kevin Sakovich
Huntsville, AL USA

Wendel

Dear Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan:
Thank you for everything.
Sincerely,
Wendel Palomino Dávalos
Cusco PERÚ
www.wendel.da.ru

Traditionalist

Probably the early Germanic tribes as described by Tacitus were the apex of European civilization. The only people who have to struggle to survive are modern industrialized Europeans (and those derived from Europe) which is increasingly difficult as the global energy reserves become exhausted. More complex technology only expedites the depletion.

Traditionalist

North American Indians had no written language and no math does that mean they were unintelligent? Nor would they have understood what is meant by the Darwinian conception of “the struggle for existence.” This is just Darwin’s excuse of the industrial pathologies that were developing in the England of that time. Hunting and gathering were not experienced as a “struggle” by North American Indians, it was an enjoyable and indeed a religious experience.

Traditionalist

Since it is unlikely that anything like a tree exists on another planet it’s hard to imagine what a large intelligent animal life would be like. I think if life exists elsewhere in the universe it is very far away and relatively rare. Thermodynamically this would make sense. The number of galaxies is small compared to the size of the universe, the number planets capable of sustaining life must be smaller, the number of planets that do evolve intelligent life must be smaller yet. Also there’s the problem of what scientists mean when they say “intelligence”.

Cassini Enceladus

I've only recently stumbled upon the Cosmos series. Having never known of the series nor Carl in the relatively short time I've been knocking around our fair Earth, it was purely by the unbridled passion people have spoken for his work and in particular this series, that piqued my interest and made me take a chance and decide to experience the great "Cosmos" for myself. I used to be really interested in the stars, planets, myths, folklore, all things fantastical, as a young kid but steadily (and oh so stealthily) life shifted a lot of my priorities, as it tends to do. But to say it has broadened or rather, more appropriately, rekindled this waning desire and interest in this "great unknown" which envelopes and binds all things together and defines us as living beings is, well, a great understatement. The daily hustle and bustle can make you forget these things -- make you forget to sit back once in a while and just dream. Dream of the possibilities. And the realities of it all. But here i am and, as with Cosmos, i have stumbled upon this dedication too. And i'd like to take this opportunity to say (and i wish Carl could know) that i've been quite profoundly inspired by his vision, his commitment & his desire so much already. Hopefully I'll get to delve deeper into Carl's work and many of the other great patron's i've been introduced to along the way. He really had an astoundingly knowledgable yet passionately simplistic way of explaining things from what i've experienced; that just can't, and has not failed in recapturing my imagination once again. I feel like I'm finally sitting up once again on the banks of "the cosmic shore, waiting to set sail". Where? I don't know where. And will i go? I can't say. But i feel a desire to know and well just for that, even if all that is what it is, I just wanna say thank you... both.

Carlos Valencia

From: Manizales (Colombia).
I will try to multiplicate his legacy Carl. Thank you for allowing me eyes and observe the cosmos. He teach me to observe the world, to be skeptic. I saw "cosmos" when I was barely 7 years old and from that age I impassioned by science. Today I am molecular biologist. I always wanted to meet and talk with him to many things. Today I do re-reading their books and imagine their responses.

Anny convey thanks for the ideas and the thought of Carl.

Thanks

Mike Coventry UK

I posted my personnal tribute to Carl some months ago.
Posting it rekindled my memories of watching 'Cosmos' as a 16 year old, not particularly academic but facinated by astromony and the wonders of looking up at the night sky seeing this science being played out in front of my eyes. I am fortunate to have a daughter, now 14, who shares my curiousity of science in general and the cosmos in particular. She is fortunate to have far more intellegence that I ever had! I have managed to get hold of just about the only copy of 'Cosmos' available in the UK, (VHS and second hand, but it's certainly better than nothing). I am thrilled that she is finding Carl's eloquence, wisdom and humour just as inspirational as I have and I'm sure, partly due to Carl's unique way of explaining science, she will be part of the next generation of people striving to take mankind out of it's adolecence.

Tom Colbert

Carl has had such a profound impact on my life and he still does. I still find it hard to beleive that he is no longer with us. I miss him.

Tom {Ireland}

Jeffry Jose, India

Dear Mame Ann Druyan,
I want to thank you and Carl Sagan for what light you have brought to my life, the joy and profoundness of the cosmos, that always calls me back from the brink or from going astray, that reminds me of the sacredness of this world and myself, more than any religion can inspire.

Sudip

People like Carl Sagan never dies. He must be alive somewhere in a different time space.

Edgar Alland Saenz

When I think in the way I take the work, the science, the live...Always is Carl Sagan there, just like a candle in the dark. Thank you Carl

Égner

Bom dia a todos, aqui no Brasil assistia a todos os programas de Carl sagan, saudades das suas descobertas e que lá em cima deva estar vendo tudo o que estamos tentando ver aqui de baixo.
"A Verdade Está Lá Fora"

Abraço, muito Obrigado.

Labby

Dear Ann,

I want to add my voice to the many who have posted here and say Thank You to both you and Carl for this celebration of rational thought.

Carl lives on in all of us who remember him, and so will you.

Castor and Pollux

We thought about Carl alot last night as we watched NASA TV and CNN here in the UK, as NASA's Phoenix Lander made its final descent to the Martian surface at 0050hrs BST.

How proud he would have been of NASA, and how it has turned itself around. How proud I am as an Earthling of NASA and the marvellous men and women who have made Phoenix, and Spirit and Opportunity possible.

These scientists, like Carl, are the epitomy of the human mind and spirit at its very best. Whatever these robotic emissaries discover, and others like New Horizons and Cassini, we are now, at long last, venturing away from the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean.

Melissa

Because of Carl, there has been so much more to this world than ordinary life.
We all appreciate it.

-Melissa, age 15

Garry

Hi Ann,

I Have to say, while I was to young to know or remember Carl Sagan when he was with us, His spoken and written words are now, more than ever very relevent and important to todays society. Every single time I read a book or watch a show (or re-read/re-watch) He wrote I get a shiver going down my spine (I still find it hard to believe Cosmos was made 5years before my birth), His words are the most inspiring I have ever heard in my 22years. I am not a Docter or Scientist myself, I have no Univeristy degree (nor do I see myself getting one), what I do see myself doing for along as possible to travelling the world (and one can dream the solar system and galaxy one day, can't they?) to expierence as many different things as possible. (I'm from Australia currently in Cape Town, South Africa for work with the IT company I work for.)
I just can't help to think, at least in some small, that I was inspired to do this by Carl Sagan.

Thank you for s still sharing his work with the world and continuing His and your own work.

Kind regards,
Garry

Catarina Pierangeli

I just watch COSMOS and I felt depth touched about. I felt a big sintony with Carl Sagan. He looks very close since today. Forever!

Catarina - brazilian journalist

carlos dotro

Dear Ann:
Espero que puedas traducir este mensaje en español. Soy Carlos, docente (profesor de literatura) y escritor, he publicado algunos libros y tengo una página web www.carlosdotro.com.ar. Te escribo desde Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carl ha sido siempre un referente fundamental diría, desde mi adolescencia, en cuanto a la forma de enseñar lo mío. Siempre me fascinó y "Cosmos" siempre está en mi videoteca dispuesta para volver a ver uno y otro capítulo. He leído sus libros y tengo una gran necesidad de conocer detalles de cómo, desde un principio, Carl llevo adelante la serie "Cosmos", cómo la proyectó, cómo surgió la idea, cómo vivió su rodaje, más allá de lo explicado en la introducción del libro de la serie. Ojalá este mensaje en una botella llegara algún día a tus ojos y puedas enviarme una crónica de los que fueron para Carl aquellos días y de cómo juntos armaron el proyecto. Te envío un beso. Con admiración y respeto, Carlos.

Cindi Vogel

Dear Ann, What a wonderful site. Reading your thoughts and memories brought back my own wonderful memories. I have always tried to emulate you and Carl whenever I become involved with any project. Sharing two short years with you was one of the most special times of my life. I hope all is well the you and your entire family. Please give them my warmest regards. Much love, Cindi

Sam England

I was 17 when 'Cosmos' debuted on PBS. I've been a big fan ever since. I've read all the Sagan/Druyan books(Cosmos about 20 times). I only wish he could have lived to see all the exo-planets we've discovered. With deep love and affection, S.E.

Paco del Puerto

Dear Ann,

Just want to express my wish of that someday the majority of people in Earth will be driven daily by at least a bit of Carl's and Yours spirit essence, no matter their condition.

It is our responsability to keep his light on forever in our life and pass the candle to our children.

Thank you for your generousity.

Paco,
Madrid
Spain

Stephen Hilson

Dear Ann,

I first watched Cosmos back in the 70s as a school boy. Through the “Cosmos” series Carl had a profound impact on my life, along with Martin Luther King and Albert Einstein.

I have recently started watching the DVDs with my 6 year old son. While watching the first episode he announced to me that he was going to tell his class at "show and tell" that we were all made of star stuff, he really liked that idea.

As for myself I am still an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to physics and the cosmos, and still marvel at the night sky.

So from an ageing hippy now living in New Zealand, thank you.

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