Tag: Sara Mayhew

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

By Phil Plait | November 6, 2010 7:00 am

November 9 is the 76th anniversary of Carl Sagan’s birth, and is celebrated across the globe as Carl Sagan Day (in general, places that celebrate the day do so on the Saturday previous; so, today!). He did more to bring the wonders of the Universe to the world than any other human being, alive or otherwise, and this day should be a holiday.

In honor of that, I present to you my friend Sara Mayhew’s idea of what she plans to do:

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Sounds like a good idea to me. If you’re curious about the apple pie thing, try here. It’s Sagan’s best quote, hands down.

I attended a Carl Sagan Day last year in Broward County, Florida and wrote about the experience. Everything I need to say about Carl and his influence is there, so go read it. Also, that same group in Broward is holding an event this year which will be streamed live.

The world may be a poorer place without him, but it’s much, much better place for having had him once in it.


Related posts:

- The Unbroken Thread
- Brian Cox talks about Carl Sagan
- Scientific Valentines
- Fine autotuning the Universe


CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Piece of mind

Manga and skepticism

By Phil Plait | April 21, 2010 12:00 pm

My friend Sara Mayhew is pretty cool. I am reminded of this by her interview on Skepticality this week, and I’ve been meaning to write about her again anyway.

How do I know she’s so cool? I mean, besides this being my blog which makes me the final arbiter of cool? And also that she linked to me in a fabulous cartoon she drew?

She’s cool because she’s a skeptic and she draws manga and she’s a TED fellow. And she’s also pretty frakkin’ smart. And she spreads the joy of science and skepticism through her art. Behold:

That, me droogs, is a very cool ad. And how can you not love someone who asks, "Do we have the courage to let go of our beliefs, to grab on to what is true?"

If you want more of her, then check out the talk she gave at CfI LA in March, and you too will see why I like her so much.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Skepticism
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