Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan
This nOde last updated January 27th, 2003 and is permanently morphing…
(2 K’an (Lizard) / 17 Muwan (Owl) – 184/260 –

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“We are a way for the universe to know itself.  Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can,  because the Cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff.”

  – Carl Sagan

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  • film internal link_Contact_ (vhs/ntsc)atomjacked inventory cachebased on Carl Sagan’s only fictional book
  • compiled internal link_The Sounds Of The Earth_ copper 12″ 1977 aboard the internal linkVoyager spacecraft
  • abstract breakbeat track _Tevatron_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache by String Theory off of _Made/internal linkString Theory_ split 12″ on SKAM #003/004 (2001)
    • samples: “this is the place where science was born. it’s why we’re here…”; “the ancient Greeks explained that this band of brightness in the night sky was the milk of the goddess Hera, squirted from her breast across the heavens. we still call it ‘The internal linkMilky Way‘” – all by Carl Sagan from tv series _Cosmos_
  • post rock sadcore track _Carl Sagan_ MP3 (vK)atomjacked inventory cache by Paul Newman off of _Frames Per Second_ on internal linkTrance Syndicate (1998)
  • video _Cosmos Episode 1: The Shores Of The Cosmic Ocean_atomjacked inventory cache
  • video _Cosmos Episode 2: One Voice In The Cosmic Fugue_atomjacked inventory cache
  • video _Cosmos: Persistence Of internal linkMemory_    atomjacked inventory cache
  • video _Cosmos: Encyclopedia Galactica_atomjacked inventory cache
  • track _For Carl Sagan_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Tarentel off of _From Bone To Satellite_ on Temporary (1999)
    • title of release refers to the most famous editing sequence in motion picture history in internal link_2001: A Space Odyssey_ DVDatomjacked inventory cache (1968) directed by internal linkStanley Kubrick


Paul Newman - Frames Per Second on 2001 - from bone to satellite...

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“All the elements of the Earth except hydrogen and some internal linkhelium have been cooked by a kind of stellar internal linkalchemy billions of years ago in stars, some of which are today inconspicuous white dwarfs on the other side of the internal linkMilky Way Galaxy. The nitrogen in our internal linkDNA, 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 starstuff.”

– Carl Sagan, _Cosmos_

Alchemy DNA
  • “every atom in every person was once part of a star…”   – from the film internal link_Gattaca_ (vhs/ntsc)atomjacked inventory cache
  • “every man and every woman is a star”  – internal linkAleister Crowley – third law of Thelema
    • track _We Are All Made Of Stars_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache by Moby
    • internal linkambient house track internal link_Lights In My internal linkBrain MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Ultramarine off of _Every Man & Woman Is A Star_ on Darla (1992)

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In his book,  _The internal linkDragons of Eden_,  Carl Sagan proposed that one of the reasons that we seem to fear dragons is that our proto-human ancestors retained this fear of reptiles and internal linkdinosaurs in their internal linkDNA make-up.  And this fear has been transmitted from one ancestor to another. Freud and Darwin also spoke of dragons and their impact on our internal linkdream states.

“It is of interest to note that while some internal linkdolphins are reported to have learned English — up to fifty words used in correct context — no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.”

 — Carl Sagan

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sagan /say’gn/ /n./

[from Carl Sagan’s TV series “Cosmos”; think “billions and billions”] A large quantity of anything. “There’s a sagan different ways to tweak EMACS.” “The U.S. Government spends sagans on bombs and welfare — hard to say which is more destructive.”
 – _The New internal linkHacker’s Dictionary_atomjacked inventory cache by Eric S. Raymond

The New Hacker's Dictionary by Eric S. Raymond

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USING THE PSEUDONYM “Mr. X”, Sagan wrote about his pot smoking in an essay published in the 1971 book “Reconsidering marijuana.” The book’s  editor, Lester Grinspoon, recently disclosed the secret to Sagan’s biographer, Keay Davidson.    Davidson, a writer for the San Francisco Examiner, revealed the marijuana use in an article published in the newspaper’s magazine Sunday.

“Carl Sagan: A Life” is due out in October.

“I find that today a single joint is enough to get me high … in one movie theater recently I found I could get high just by inhaling the cannabis smoke which permeated the theater,” wrote Sagan, who authored popular science books such as “Cosmos,” “internal linkContact,” and “The internal linkDragons of  Eden.”

In the essay, Sagan said marijuana inspired some of his intellectual work.

“I can remember one occasion, taking a shower with my wife while high, in which I had an idea on the origins and invalidities of racism in terms of gaussian distribution curves,” wrote the former Cornell University professor. “I wrote the curves in soap on the shower wall, and went  to write the idea down.

Sagan also wrote that pot enhanced his experience of food,  particularly internal linkpotatoes, music and sex.   Grinspoon, Sagan’s closest friend for 30 years, said Sagan’s marijuana use is evidence against the notion that marijuana makes people less ambitious.

“He was certainly highly motivated to work, to contribute,” said Grinspoon, a psychiatry professor at Harvard University.

Grinspoon is an advocate of decriminalizing marijuana.

Ann Druyan, Sagan’s former wife, is a director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The nonprofit group promotes legalization of marijuana.

Sagan died of pneumonia in 1996. He was 62.


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