History Creator / CarlSagan

15th Sep '17 8:39:56 PM nombretomado
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Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 -- December 20, 1996) was [[Website/{{SFDebris}} a famous speaker of the word "billions"]] as well as an astronomer, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, philosopher, and author who through his various books, including one screenplay which would become the film ''{{Film/Contact}}'', and the TV Series ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', became widely known as "The People's Scientist". Apart from his popularizations of science, he also contributed to research in the fields of planetary science, spacecraft exploration of the solar system, and the radio Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He also developed theories on topics such as the nature of extraterrestrial lifeforms, the environmental effects of nuclear war (nuclear winter), and more.

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Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 -- December 20, 1996) was [[Website/{{SFDebris}} [[Website/SFDebris a famous speaker of the word "billions"]] as well as an astronomer, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, philosopher, and author who through his various books, including one screenplay which would become the film ''{{Film/Contact}}'', and the TV Series ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', became widely known as "The People's Scientist". Apart from his popularizations of science, he also contributed to research in the fields of planetary science, spacecraft exploration of the solar system, and the radio Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He also developed theories on topics such as the nature of extraterrestrial lifeforms, the environmental effects of nuclear war (nuclear winter), and more.



* TakeThat: Directed against Sagan by Apple Computer. Near the height of Sagan's popularity in the mid 1990s, Apple had three tiers of the new Power MacIntosh design they were working on, which would eventually be marketed as the 6100, 7100, and 8100. During development, as is common practice before the marketing names are settled upon, they had code names. The 6100 was "Cold Fusion," the 7100 was "Carl Sagan," and the 8100 was "Piltdown Man" -- in other words, Sagan's name was grouped together with a known scientific hoax and a suspected (at the time) scientific hoax. When Sagan complained, they changed the code name for the 7100 to "Butt-head astronomer." (Sagan later sued them for this second slight; the judge threw the case out, saying "One does not seriously attack the expertise of a scientist using the undefined phrase 'butt-head'.")

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* TakeThat: Directed against Sagan by Apple Computer. Near the height of Sagan's popularity in the mid 1990s, Apple had three tiers of the new Power MacIntosh [=MacIntosh=] design they were working on, which would eventually be marketed as the 6100, 7100, and 8100. During development, as is common practice before the marketing names are settled upon, they had code names. The 6100 was "Cold Fusion," the 7100 was "Carl Sagan," and the 8100 was "Piltdown Man" -- in other words, Sagan's name was grouped together with a known scientific hoax and a suspected (at the time) scientific hoax. When Sagan complained, they changed the code name for the 7100 to "Butt-head astronomer." (Sagan later sued them for this second slight; the judge threw the case out, saying "One does not seriously attack the expertise of a scientist using the undefined phrase 'butt-head'.")
11th Jul '17 6:52:14 PM WaterBlap
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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.

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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others).others, including Stephen Barrett who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.
11th Jul '17 6:50:14 PM WaterBlap
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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others, including [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.

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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others, including [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later).others). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.
18th Feb '17 5:00:43 PM faunas
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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others, including [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.

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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others, including [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.
18th Feb '17 4:59:11 PM faunas
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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others, including [[Creator/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.

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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/IsaacAsimov and others, including [[Creator/{{Quackwatch}} [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.
18th Feb '17 4:57:03 PM faunas
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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal claims (enlisting the assistance of JamesRandi and others). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.

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Apart from his science-related work, he was also an activist to legalize marijuana, of which [[EruditeStoner he was a regular user]], and was very strongly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, even getting arrested in 1986 for interfering in a nuclear test. He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal claims (enlisting the assistance of JamesRandi Creator/IsaacAsimov and others).others, including [[Creator/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later). He was thrice married, first to biologist Lynn Margulis, then to artist Linda Salzman, and finally to author Ann Druyan, with whom he co-wrote ''Cosmos'' and several of his books.
8th Feb '17 3:32:25 PM TheNerfGuy
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* SpiritualSuccessor: UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson.
17th Dec '16 9:16:27 PM Xtifr
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'''Carl Sagan''' (November 9, 1934 -- December 20, 1996) was [[Website/{{SFDebris}} a famous speaker of the word "billions"]] as well as an astronomer, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, philosopher, and author who through his various books, including one screenplay which would become the film ''{{Film/Contact}}'', and the TV Series ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', became widely known as "The People's Scientist". Apart from his popularizations of science, he also contributed to research in the fields of planetary science, spacecraft exploration of the solar system, and the radio Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He also developed theories on topics such as the nature of extraterrestrial lifeforms, the environmental effects of nuclear war (nuclear winter), and more.

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'''Carl Sagan''' Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 -- December 20, 1996) was [[Website/{{SFDebris}} a famous speaker of the word "billions"]] as well as an astronomer, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, philosopher, and author who through his various books, including one screenplay which would become the film ''{{Film/Contact}}'', and the TV Series ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', became widely known as "The People's Scientist". Apart from his popularizations of science, he also contributed to research in the fields of planetary science, spacecraft exploration of the solar system, and the radio Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He also developed theories on topics such as the nature of extraterrestrial lifeforms, the environmental effects of nuclear war (nuclear winter), and more.
20th Jul '16 5:13:34 PM nombretomado
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** His possibly unique pronunciation of the word "cosmos" provoked lots of mirth in Great Britain, especially after impressionists and [[TheBurkissWay parodists]] got hold of it. For many people in Britain, ''Cosmos'' was their first introduction to the non-double-entendre pronunciation of the word "Uranus" - the dominant local pronunciation had always been "yoor-anus" - and the fact Sagan appeared to be conscientiously avoiding the "your arse" joke only served to lampshade it more. Kids in school playgrounds soon caught on to the weird alternative pronunciation and made a joke of it.

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** His possibly unique pronunciation of the word "cosmos" provoked lots of mirth in Great Britain, especially after impressionists and [[TheBurkissWay [[Radio/TheBurkissWay parodists]] got hold of it. For many people in Britain, ''Cosmos'' was their first introduction to the non-double-entendre pronunciation of the word "Uranus" - the dominant local pronunciation had always been "yoor-anus" - and the fact Sagan appeared to be conscientiously avoiding the "your arse" joke only served to lampshade it more. Kids in school playgrounds soon caught on to the weird alternative pronunciation and made a joke of it.
7th Jul '16 7:50:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheScientificMethod
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