[Reading] ➬ Contact ➳ Carl Sagan – Prestigelakesidehabitat.info

Contact This is an excellent thought experiment by a well known and respected scientist on how contact with extra terrestrials could realistically unfold I say thought experiment because as a novel the book didn t always work so well.I understand that real science is not like it is portrayed in the movies It takes a lot of time and hard work to make a discovery, test the hypotheses, confirm the conclusion etc etc so its not really a surprise that this book s pacing was much slower than most sci fi nov This is an excellent thought experiment by a well known Your god is too small The heroine makes this comment about 2 3 of the way through this novel She is trying to get across the idea that, if your god cannot encompass the knowlege which humans have so laboriously amassed over the millenia which is only about two teaspoons worth in comparison to the enormity of the universe , then there is something wrong with the god you ve made for yourself A lot of what is going on in Sagan s book, it seems to me, is the attempt to explore and express the Your god is too small The heroine makes this comment about 2 3 of the way through this novel She is trying to get across the idea that, if your god cannot encompass the knowlege which humans have so la For Centuries Humanity Has Dreamed Of Life And Intelligence Beyond The Earth For Decades Scientists Have Searched For It In Every Corner Of The Sky For Years Project Argus, A Vast, Sophisticated Complex Of Radio Telescopes, Has Listened For A Signal Indicating The Existence, Somewhere In The Universe, Of Extraterrestrial Intelligence.Then, One Afternoon, The Course Of Human History Is Changed, Abruptly And Forever The Message, Awaited For So Long, It S Very Possibility Doubted By So Many, Arrives.Contact Has Been Made Life, Intelligence, Someone, Some Thing Beyond Earth, 26 Light Years Away, In The Vicinity Of The Star Vega, Is Calling, Beaming Across Space A Wholly Unexpected Message To Say That We Are Not Have Never Been Alone. I really hate it when I lose reviews Okay, take two.I was just reminiscing on my younger self s condemnation or at least his valid annoyances at the plot holes and some of the straight story elements , or the fact that I was trying to compare this classic SF work with other classic SF works that I was making my way through at the time and comparing them unfavorably because I wanted a lotof the psychedelic naked singularity stuff and aliens, not just a long winded optimistic synthesis of I really hate it when I lose reviews Okay, take two.I was just reminiscing on my younger self s condemnation or at least his valid annoyances at the plot holes and some of the straight story elements , or the fact that I was trying to compare this classic SF work with other classic SF works that I was making my way through at the time and comparing them unfavorably because I wanted a lotof the psychedelic naked singulari Sagan was a lucid and impassioned defender of rationality and clear thought Unfortunately, his foray into fiction did little to increase the understanding of his philosophies, and much to muddy the waters of once clear thought Inspired by Asimov and Heinlein, he decided that fiction was as good a place as any to explore his ideas on science, belief, and wonder.While we expect long, in depth explanations from non fiction, fiction readers wantthan just a lecture from the author They expec Sagan was a lucid and impassioned defender of rationality and clear thought As far as I know Contact is Carl Sagan s only novel This makes him almost the Harper Lee of sci fi though he did write boatloads of sci fact books Not being much of a nonfiction reader this is my first encounter with Carl Sagan s writing, I already feel like it is a shame that he only wrote the one novel though I am sure the world isthan compensated by his other output Contact piqued my interest immediately with a vivid portrayal of Ellie Arrowway, a two years old genius, figuring ou As far as I know Contact is Carl Sagan s only novel This makes him almost the Harper Lee of sci fi though he did write boatloads of sci fact books Not being much of a nonfiction reader this is my first encounter with Carl Sagan s writing, I already feel like it is a shame that he only wrote the one nov J.D Salinger The Catcher in the Rye , Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird and Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar all published one novel each Another member of the First Novel Last Novel club is astronomer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Cosmos and science communicator Carl Sagan, whose foray into fiction was Contact, published in 1985 I gave the book a lot of latitude, not Contact is not only one of the most religious science fiction books I ve ever read but also one of the most religious books I ve ever read, period In Carl Sagan s only work of fiction, the story is a mere backbone, a structure upon which Sagan can explore what he truly wants to explore, that is, the deepest questions of our existence.What is our purpose here Can humans live without institutionalized religion What are the dangers of extraterrestrial contact How did we com This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was quite shocked when I saw the movie version, and discovered that they had twisted the message 180 degrees In the book, the heroine meets the aliens and is told that they have indisputable proof that the Universe was created by a Higher Power When she returns to Earth, she has no immediate way to support her story but she has been given enough of a clue that she knows how to find objective evidence, which she duly does She also makes another surprising discovery.In the movie, she comes I was quite shocked when I saw the movie version, and discovered that they had twisted the message 180 Contact Contact No To make a long story short this is probably an excellent book, but I failed to make contact, to connect to the characters Feeling sorry about that, I decided to read Sagan s nonfiction instead, to give him another chance.The problem I had with the novel was similar to my experience with 2001 A Space Odyssey, but on a bigger scale I have no doubt that Sagan s visions and ideas on extraterrestrial lifeforms are mucherudite than other science fiction I have read, wher Contact Contact No To make a long story short this is probably an excellent book, but I failed to make contact, to connect to the characters Feeling sorry about that, I decided to read Sagan s nonfiction instead, to give him another chance.The problem I had with the novel was similar to my experience with 2001 A Space Odyssey, but on a bigger scale I have no doubt that Sagan s visions and ideas on extraterrestrial lifeforms are mucherudite than other science

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