Carl Sagan’s Final Warning on the Importance of Scientific Skepticism

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jon Miltimore

“Shortly before he died, the astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996) offered a two-part warning in an interview with Charlie Rose. The first part of Sagan’s warning touched on humanity’s growing ignorance of science, which Sagan attributed largely to the failure of modern schools. … The second part of Sagan’s warning was even more profound. The University of Chicago-trained astrophysicist pointed out that science is not simply ‘a body of knowledge, it’s a way of thinking,’ one based on skepticism and questioning. It was imperative, he said, not just that people be educated in the sciences and grounded in healthy skepticism, but that people be allowed to question and challenge those in authority.” (09/18/23)