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Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’

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1 Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:42 pm

Following a dispute over inauguration crowd size, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer rebutted the press, referring to “alternative facts.” The Twitterverse lit up in response. One very popular meme now making the rounds is this quote from Carl Sagan, taken from his 1995 book, “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”:

“Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Carl reiterates much of his concerns (about a scientific and technology-driven world being run by those who fail to grasp that significance) in this, his final video with Charlie Rose:

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2 Re: Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:33 am

Interesting, and perhaps frighteningly prescient. Wish we still had Sagan among the living....

But I thought the "alternative facts" phrase was an invention of Kellyanne Conway, during an interview with Chuck Todd regarding Spicer's defense of the phony crowd size numbers.

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3 Re: Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:50 am

Thanks for posting this FT. It's as if he's warning us about Alex Jones and those who repeat Jones crazy stories as if they have some basis in fact.

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4 Re: Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:36 am

Scott Pruitt this morning on Fox News Sunday: Breathe shit and die Americans!

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5 Re: Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:51 am

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6 Re: Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:05 pm

We usually have Pkr Bum down a handfull of steroids and give that viewpoint.

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7 Re: Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’ on Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:50 pm

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