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Carl Sagan
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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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"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


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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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