Carl Sagan on spirituality?? REALLY?!?!?!

Posted by James Norman on

I loved the movie "Contact" with Jodie Foster, based on the book by Carl Sagan. While I don't agree with all that Sagan is on about, I do love the quote below. I love science ... I'm nowhere near as brainy as most year 10 science students ... but I just love how the universe seems to work in such harmony and perfection on a grand scale, and how we have been able to discover much of what makes that happen, and yet we know about 1 in a Quadrillionth of what there is to know. (Statistics weren't my strong suit either!)

And even though science can't answer every question there is, it does point to more than merely the physical characteristics of the universe. At a deep level, it really conjures up some of the most profound spiritual questions there are.


"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both." - Author: Carl Sagan



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