Sagan’s Satisfying Delusion

Today’s (22OCT2012) Daily Reckoning quote of the day comes from Carl Sagan, who according to the DR, said,

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

How amusing is that? Sagan made a truly great insight although he himself failed to grasp the universe as it really is; he persisted in the delusion that it was merely material and thus completely open to the scientific method. One wonders if he continues to be satisfied and reassured with his delusion after death. Satisfied and reassured? Probably not. More likely he was quite surprised and one hopes quite regretful.

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