Was Carl Sagan an Ignoramus?

You’ll be amazed by what we found at the creationist website of the Discovery Institute. It’s titled Before Carl Sagan Said It, Science Debunked It, and the thing has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], Privileged Planet co-author Jay W. Richards sits down with host Eric Anderson to discuss the gold rush of extrasolar planet discovery and how the Privileged Planet hypothesis [Hee hee!] has held up since 2004.

We’ll jump in to give you a bit of background. As many of you already know, Jay W. Richards, a Discoveroid senior fellow, along with Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him, co-authored the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. Richards was a former faculty member at Biola University, a bible college, where he taught apologetics.

Okay, back to the Discoveroids. They say:

Richards teases an anniversary edition of The Privileged Planet in the works [That’s exciting!], and he and Anderson discuss the statement that Carl Sagan is perhaps most famous for.

You know what statement they’re talking about. It was in the introduction to every episode of Sagan’s Cosmos series: “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” What does Richards have to say about it? The Discoveroid post tells us:

Richards explains how science had already disproven the famous Sagan claim [What?] by the time the astronomer first uttered it to millions of viewers in his documentary series Cosmos.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What else is there besides the cosmos? Maybe Cosmos Number Two? Perhaps the firmament? Maybe the cave where the Intelligent Designer lives? Are we missing anything?

Oh, we almost forgot — the Discoveroids’ post ends with this:

Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]

Okay, dear reader, you know what you’ve gotta do. Listen to the Discoveroids’ podcast, then come on back to let us know why Sagan was a fool!

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6 responses to “Was Carl Sagan an Ignoramus?

  1. About the Privileged Planet Hypothesis.
    Doesn’t that say that the laws and parameters of nature, as they apply on Earth, are consistent with life on Earth (at least, if not make life possible). So that Life on Earth is compatible with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, the Conservation of Complex Spectified Information, etc.

  2. Theodore J Lawry

    I always thought that Sagan was simply reciting the definition of “cosmos.” Trust creationists to skip over the facts in the show, and claim that a nearly meaningless intro as a dig at themselves. Snowflakes!

  3. More like Spoiled Brat Planet.

  4. It has been a long time since I saw
    Cosmos. I do recall that it gave a popular, but false, story of the loss of the Alexadrian Library.

  5. Dave Luckett

    Sagan didn’t say, “The material is all there is…”, etcetera. He was not ruling out the possibility of the non-material. If the non-material exists, he was implicitly including it in the cosmos. The question of whether the non-material exists is a completely different one. Richards is simply misrepresenting what Sagan said.

    Whether that misrepresentation is out of ignorance, faulty comprehension, or malice, it leads me to believe that there is no substance whatsoever to the rest of Richards’ discourse. I will therefore decline to investigate further. No truth can come from so false a premise.

  6. @ Dave Luckett

    I vote for MALICE.