Pale Blue Dot

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For the majority of my life, reading was never an interest. Pale Blue Dot PDF EBook At all. I spent most of my childhood watching movies and playing video games and football. Reading was boring, time- PDFconsuming (in a boring way) and pointless.

But then, around sixteen, something happened that changed my life drastically. I discovered Carl Sagan.

I still remember buying Cosmos, unpacking it, starting it and turning the volume to the max. I watched all the episodes in a day. I couldn't stop. And then it happened. For the first time in my life, I ordered some books. The first three books I ever bought were all by Carl. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Billions & download; Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, and finally, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

Pale Blue Dot was the first I read, and it was mindblowing. It was so illuminating. It's hard to describe the impact it had on me. Coupled with Cosmos and a number of videos on Youtube of Carl speaking, it completely changed my life. For the better. When I discovered Carl (and in extension, books, science, philosophy) I was horribly depressed and struggling a lot with a variety of things. I realised there is more to life than bad movies, football, and wasteful video games when I discovered him.

I still remember reading him, or watching Cosmos, or watching a lecture from him on Youtube, and listening attentively. I would then go to my parents and sit there for an hour, lecturing them about what I just heard or read. I bought a telescope, and stayed up all night looking at the stars and listening to him on my MP3.Somehow, looking at those stars, and listening to him, and not only listening but finding what he said logical, reasonable; an explanation as to why we are here that isn't religious or superstitious, but still much more beautiful than what any religion can come up gave some much-needed meaning to my life. Strange how you can be encountered with the vast meaninglessness of it all, and that's where you find meaning.

This is where it all started for me. Because of Carl (and yes, I will persist in calling him 'Carl', damn it), I discovered Richard P. Feynman. Because of Feynman I discovered Paul Dirac. All of this science-related. This led me to Arthur C. Clarke and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Eventually I discovered George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Albert Camus and all those other writers who have enriched my life ever since.

So it was Carl, and this book in combination with Cosmos, that paved way for it all. My entire intellectual life is all because of him. It is almost certain that had I not come across Carl when I did, I would have remained depressed. Although my interest in science has waned (primarily because of my lack of proficiency in mathematics more than anything else), and my opinions and thoughts have changed (and continue to change all the time) I am still eternally grateful to Carl for opening the door for me to, well, thought, and a life that might be worth living after all.

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic." Like this book? Read online this: My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business, Into the Pale.

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