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Skeptical Sunday: A Glorious Dawn

November 22, 2009

I’ve watched this many times now, and each time I’m overwhelmed with awe at the magnitude of the universe, and how we, through the power of our collective intelligence, might experience it in yet more incredible ways. This video has literally moved me to tears more than once. It sums up Carl Sagan’s passion for scientific knowledge and possibility, providing us with both a promise — “we will, one day, venture to the stars” — and a warning — “if we do not destroy ourselves.”

Without a single appeal to the supernatural or divine, a three-and-a-half minute rationalist meditation that, if you let it, will nonetheless give you a vibrant sense of the numinous.

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