9 reasons why we remember Carl Sagan’s legacy on this day – FayerWayer

For Paula Garcia December 20, 2021 at 7:26 p.m. 25 years ago, astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan passed away, and that is precisely why December 20 is dedicated as World Skepticism Day. This, because Sagan, in addition to doing a fantastic job of disseminating science to mass audiences, as happened with the television series Cosmos, was also very interested in showing the importance of critical thinking. [ 5 cosas por las que Cosmos de Carl Sagan sigue vigente ] For Carl Sagan, skepticism should be a central part of scientific thinking and he tried to show his audience that this was not only useful when dealing with scientific research, but with everyday things: because being skeptical makes it more difficult for us to be deceived. And of course that still makes a lot of sense now, just as it did two decades ago or earlier. Against pseudosciences At the time Sagan focused on disproving the observation of “spaceships” or UFOs. For him, as an astronomer very interested in knowing the Universe, but also verifying the possibility of life in some corner of it, it would have been very easy to just follow his emotion and consider those testimonies about “UFO sightings”…

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9 reasons why we remember Carl Sagan’s legacy on this day – FayerWayer

Updated: December 20, 2021 — 9:26 pm