There's an article about a new book being published that collects a series of Carl Sagan's lectures from the 1980s. Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow, is behind the project. I've just ordered it through Amazon.
The article is an interesting one as it points out the massive void left by Sagan's untimely passing in 1996. Although polarizing, Sagan was an eloquent advocate for rational thought, and one that did more to popularize science than anyone in his generation. I was, of course, a huge fan of Sagan and his NOVA show Cosmos. (Dylan, I still have those DVDs!)
I miss Sagan. When I think of the people who are the public face of science--like Dawkins--I get depressed. Our only hope is that the children growing up today will find greater strength in critical thought and scientific rigor than irrational faith or superstition, and help reverse the trends of intolerance and ignorance we see today. Somehow I don't think browbeating the religious right is going to be successful. Sagan was much more diplomatic, poetic, and never shrill.
We need more of that, now.
Thanks to Dr. Kahle for sending us the link.