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Popular Belief: Guess, then if it feels good, believe it.
Science: Guess, then test.
Science is the ultimate baloney detector kit. Subject all claims about "what is" to the flames of an all-consuming doubt, see what's left, and tentatively call it "the truth," or the closest we mere humans can hope to come to it. Wanting "the truth" is the same as not wanting to be deceived, and science, our premier method of skeptical inquiry, is your ticket to avoiding the pitfalls to be encountered in your endeavor to think about the nature of the cosmos—and that includes you and your left foot.
On November 9th:
Carl Sagan: Astronomer, skeptic, author, and world-famous popularizer of science extraordinaire. His award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, has been seen by more than 500 million people. The 1997 film Contact was based on his novel of the same name. Sagan published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books.
Visit our Carl Sagan Page to find out some of the billions and billions of ways you can celebrate his life and work.
On January 2th:
Isaac Asimov, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and prolific author of both popular science and science fiction, (as well as writing about mathematics, the Bible, Shakepeare, etc.), wrote or edited about 500 books. He is, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, fondly regarded as one of the "Big Three" science-fiction masters of all time. His most famous work is the Foundation Series, along with his Robot series,
His popular science books developed scientific concepts from a historical perspective, and remain wonderfully clear and readable. Asimov was Vice President of Mensa International, and with his characteristic humility once admitted to have met only two people more intelligent than himself (Marvin Minsky and Carl Sagan).