[quote bgcolor=#DDDDDD icon=dark size=16 width=63% color=#000000 align=right]The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star-stuff – Carl Sagan, COSMOS.[/quote]Most of us know about Carl Sagan from his show, “Cosmos”. Carl Sagan had a flair as a science communicator, he showed us all the genuine wonder and beauty of the universe that infuses our spirits with humility and awe. Sagan was also a Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, and astrobiologist.
At every CVAAS tabling event, there is a sale copy of Carl Sagan’s book, “Demon Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark”. This book is that important. It teaches people how to discover the difference from what is true, and what people want to be true. And this can be painful to those people who love to believe – as Sagan pointed out early in this book, people who believe in pseudoscience, devils, and deities, do not enjoy having their beliefs overturned. They will go to great lengths to protect those beliefs they hold dear – never mind if those beliefs are true.
This year’s Carl Sagan Day dinner is held at Lucy’s Lair, at 1137 E. Champlain Ave., Fresno. We will arrive at 6:30 pm and stay to 8:30 pm. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at the CVAAS Meetup event page. It will help with our restaurant head count.
To celebrate Carl Sagan’s birthday, we will be discussing space technology – robots, private spacecraft, aerospace engineering. So do a little reading about what Sagan might have found fascinating. How can we colonize Mars? Is interstellar travel possible? How could we survive in space?
To go with this, if you have read the book, or watched the movie, “The Martian” by Andy Weir, then be prepared to talk about that too.
I hope to see you there!