Do Buddhists believe in God, or not? Ellie asked on their way to have dinner with the Abbot. Their position seems to be, Vaygay replied dryly, that their God is so great he doesn't even have to exist.

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

Profession: Astronomer
Nationality: American

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All colours are arbitrary.

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the god, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men.

You squeeze the eyedropper, and a drop of pond water drips out onto the microscope stage. You look at the projected image. The drop is full of life - strange beings swimming, crawling, tumbling; high dramas of pursuit and escape, triumph and tragedy. This is a world populated by beings far more exotic than in any science fiction movie...

The price we pay for the anticipation of our future is anxiety about it.

My wonder button is being pushed all the time.

The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God,' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.

We're in very bad trouble if we don't understand the planet we're trying to save.

Why are there no nonhuman primates with an existing complex gestural language? One possible answer, it seems to me, is that humans have systematically exterminated those other primates who displayed signs of intelligence.

Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.

Broca was quoted as saying, I would rather be a transformed ape than a degenerate son of Adam.

Do you believe in UFOs? I'm always struck by how the question is phrased, the suggestion that this is a matter of belief and not of evidence. I'm almost never asked, How good is the evidence that UFOs are alien spaceships? I.

Religions are often state-protected nurseries of pseudoscience, although there's no reason why religions have to play that role. In a way, it's an artefact from times long gone.

Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy.

Man is a transitional animal. He is not the climax of creation.