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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    Starts out great, but ends on a bad note. For most of Cosmos b

    Starts out great, but ends on a bad note. For most of Cosmos by Carl Sagan the history of scientific advancement is discussed as well as some of NASA’s recent missions. It gives a very thorough look at science throughout history and what has helped and hindered it, from ancient libraries to book burnings. Discussions of ancient experiments and the scientific method are also given and explored. His discussion of scientific past is very impartial and uses logical deduction to help expand understanding of the ancient world. Towards the very end of the book, however, Carl Sagan veers away from strict science and facts and begins talking about his political views for the future, many of which he gives poor arguments for or leaves out any explanation at all. Many of his moral arguments are based on the fact that aggression developed before sex, so we should do away with marriage and encourage children to fulfill their sexual desires and give in to lust to prevent violence. There is no evidence that giving in to certain instincts inhibits others. His grasp on global politics is also very weak. He believes that by disarming all nuclear weapons the United States will make its enemies less likely to attack, which simply is not the case. He is against all retaliation against terrorists and believes their actions are validated simply because the United States maintains a military. Sticking strictly to the scientific content of the book Cosmos provides a great view of the history and future of science, but its logical and factual flow is greatly sundered by the last 50 pages in which he abandons scientific and logical thinking to spout his political nonsense.

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