Anyone who knows me, has visited this site or has seen the twitter feed knows that I regard Carl Sagan as one of the 3 people who most influence me. What I like best is that I’m clearly not alone in this reverence for a man who did more to increase our understanding of our place in the cosmos, who taught us to use our imaginations, and to maintain a skeptical and critical outlook, lest the candle of science and reasons pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. and the demons begin to stir.
Youtube, despite it’s reputation as a dumping ground for conspiracies, aliens and Justin beiber contains small nuggets. Videos of inspiration, from the mind blowingly brilliant Symphony of Science to the many versions of Pale blue dot.
One of my current favorites is the Sagan Series. Using clips from other TV documentaries and other clips with Sagans smooth voice over it leads to some brilliant, inspirational and emotional videos. On a personal note the best in the series is this one;
Not only is it deeply moving, with a brilliant soundtrack (Redford from the album Greetings from Michigan – The Great Lake State by Sufjan Stevens) but sums up the entire story of Mans voyage to the stars. A mix of triumph and gut wrenching loss.