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Critique of Carl Sagan's Book: Billions And Billions

April 01, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

In life and in his book, this eminent scientist hoped to heighten awareness to the exponential immensity constituting our interstellar existence, to quantification in microscopic beginnings, to infinite potential in meaning and purpose for our own existence, and to "Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium." Early on, Sagan advises, "If you know a thing only qualitatively, you know it no more than vaguely. If you know it quantitatively -- grasping some numerical measure that distinguishes it from an infinite number of other possibilities -- you are beginning to know it deeply."

An outspoken iconoclast, to both leftist and rightist extremes, Sagan advocated urgent attention to our headlong plunge toward an uninhabitable earth. And, of course, he was right; differing political systems attempt to advance agreement with his notion of patrimony and environment preservation. Even so, we call attention to Sagan's rise to the top of his profession; thus, he becomes the greater consumer rather than greater environmentalist. At the ladder top, he urges lower rung climbers to lesser energy expenditures as they attempt ladder ascendance; yet, despite these imposed limitations, even those at the bottom would, like Sagan, spend the necessary energy to enjoy a view from the top. At the top, Sagan recommends global effort to bring living standards to optimum levels. Yet, to elevate plebeian from the bottom rung to like-levels, society must, in itself, require a greater expenditure of natural resources; therewith, such ambition defeats the very conservatism advocated to inspire environmentalism ploys and, simultaneously, to alleviate the starving masses syndrome. Basically, inhering a socialist mindset, Sagan politicizes mankind's primitive inherence so faithfully replicated in genes, man's propensity to hunt and gather as impelled. To circumvent this inherency, Sagan would make all consumers subject to the state (though he did not directly state the means): thus would man be made to observe environmental dictates, to reside in industrial conformity, to live indistinctively in miscegenation, and to lesser rung submission.

Sagan's racial finiteness belongs in a fictional work, not scientific exposition. Like most white liberals, he capitulates to popular desideratum and proposes mankind to have evolved from black beginnings -- neglecting the paucity of evidence -- and ignoring natures neglect to deposit contradictory fossils in easy to find locations throughout the world. No! Mankind had to evolve from a wider potential in the chemistry environment necessary to produce early and diverse specimens. By Sagan's heuristic creation medium, all fish, all birds, all reptiles, all bacteria differentiated from individual protist and isolated into species. We should expect more from Carl Sagan. In paraphrased briefness, he said: 'Only in the visible (light spectrum, bw), with many transparent molecules can the anomaly of white skin be possible. Over much of the spectrum, all humans are black.' Nonsense! Would Sagan's 'light spectrum' explain the marked difference in physiognomy amongst ethnic diversity? And would not the following Sagan observation, concerning 'important discoveries,' treat the above mankind origins theory as mere speculation?

At the end, Sagan admitted: he would love to believe, at the advent of death, he would live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of him would continue. But as much as he wanted to believe and despite the ancient and worldwide traditions asserting an afterlife, he knew of nothing to suggest it as more than wishful thinking. He lived as he died, setting forth logic as a guiding principle, at peace with himself, and trusting in scientific intellection. Was he correct in all his deductions? Yet, his was a strong voice condemning our selfish quest for industrial superiority, to energy foolhardiness, and to our tendency toward supernatural dependency. In this, he was right on target!

Truly, Carl Sagan's practicality regarding afterlife is confirmed by strict review of the only monotheism legal-historicity, the Bible; herein, limits to the theist experiment are found to circumscribe Ten Ages as a whole to the Covenant enterprise. Further bold conclusions are available to those with abiding interest in the symbols and numbers coded into the Bible's hidden language.

Ben Winter, particles physicist, Bible scholar, and author of "THE GREAT DECEPTION: Symbols And Numbers Clarified," reveals there 'is' something new under the sun -- that is, for modern Bible students. He addresses correctness of language and true intent of the major Bible topics: solves Bible mysteries, defines Gog and Magog, reveals Daniel He-goat's surprising identity, and dares to number the all important Ten Ages. Sign up for FREE book critiques at http://www.Winterbriar.com and view more articles in blog format at http://blog.thegreatdeception.net.

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