Carl Edward Sagan ( November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus. However, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.
He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. Sagan is known for many of his popular science books, such as The Dragons of Eden, Broca's Brain and Pale Blue Dot, and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. The most widely watched series in the history of American public television, Cosmos has been seen by at least 500 million people across 60 different countries. The book Cosmos was published to accompany the series. He also wrote the science fiction novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.
Sagan always advocated scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, where he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. Sagan and his works received numerous awards and honors, including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book The Dragons of Eden, and, regarding Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, two Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award and the Hugo Award. He married three times and had five children. After suffering from myelodysplasia, Sagan died of pneumonia at the age of 62 on December 20, 1996.
When I was about 16 years old, my girlfriend and I were driving around downtown Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I made a wrong turn down a oneway street. Soon after a police officer pulled us over, asked for an ID, it was in my jacket in the back seat or something like that. I turned to go get it and I had a lighter that looked like a gun that was exposed somewhere, it was super small, definitely not a gun size.
Next thing you know there were guns to both our heads. My girlfriend realized what happened before I did and was yelling, "it's just a lighter, it's just a lighter" but the cops didn't care and I heard something like "make one wrong move and you'll be sorry/it's over" or something like that.
These cops were just super trigger happy. They insisted on calling like 4 other cars in even after they could see it was a lighter at that point. They insisted on taking us to the police station, ruining our night and making our parents take us home. They then gave me a ticket for "facsimile firearm". Just unbelievable.
I feel for this woman, but not sure it was really because of her ethnicity. I was a young white man in a white neighborhood in this situation, granted I had longer hair and some piercings. I just think that police are just full of testosterone and fear and they can't think right in these situations. Furthermore their egos are so large they can't just downplay something after calling in everyone, they need to make a bigger deal out of it to justify their actions.
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