Carl Sagan on why he liked smoking marijuana

Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is facsinating.

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Mind & Brain
  • Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
  • He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
  • His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
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Is postmodernism really anti-science?

Postmodernists like to question the very foundations of our modern society. Does this make them anti-science?

Culture & Religion
  • Postmodernism is often accused of being anti-everything.
  • The questions that postmodernists raise about objectivity put them on a collision course with science.
  • The problems of how postmodernism looks at science remind us that not every critique can be applied to every discipline.
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Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel

His book warns us of the dangers of mass media, passivity, and how even an intelligent population can be driven to gladly choose dictatorship over freedom.

Culture & Religion
  • This 1931 novel predicted modern life almost to a (model) T.
  • While other dystopias get more press, Brave New World offers us a nightmare world that we've moved steadily towards over the last century.
  • Author Aldous Huxley's ideas on a light handed totalitarian dictatorship stand in marked contrast to the popular image of a dictatorship that relies on force.
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What this epic obituary can teach us about living and dying

We tend to treat death and dying as a somber and serious event, but what if it doesn't have to be that way?

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Culture & Religion
  • An obituary published in Delaware for the late Mr. Rick Stein has the internet ablaze with discussions on how unique it is.
  • It stands in marked contrast to the normal, drab announcements we make when someone dies.
  • It reminds us that there are other ways to mourn than the typical all-black, dour funeral and dreary obituary that doesn't tell you much about who the deceased really was.
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