Our Existence. . We live in a exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone km: rws anything about science and Carl Sagan. it's called specialization.. if we all had to know everything about everything, the world would be filled with nothing but schools, stressed out people and waaa
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Our Existence

We live in a exquisitely
dependent on science and
technology, in which hardly anyone
km: rws anything about science and
Carl Sagan
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Submitted: 12/22/2012
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User avatar #1 - nogphille (12/22/2012) [+] (37 replies)
it's called specialization.. if we all had to know everything about everything, the world would be filled with nothing but schools, stressed out people and waaaaay less science/technology than we have today..
#58 - pepemex (12/23/2012) [-]
If he's so smart, how come he's dead?
User avatar #8 - shiifter (12/22/2012) [+] (4 replies)
I know about science and technology.

If you put pennies in coke, they come out clean.

phones function better with more bars

See? They should have put me at Chernobyl.
#31 - snakefire (12/23/2012) [+] (6 replies)
Carl sagan is like... my hero   
   
get this 						****					, so I'm christian, just like the rest of my family, and my mom wouldnt let me get a carl sagan poster because he was an atheist....
Carl sagan is like... my hero

get this **** , so I'm christian, just like the rest of my family, and my mom wouldnt let me get a carl sagan poster because he was an atheist....
#139 - I Am Monkey (12/23/2012) [+] (3 replies)
That's a pretty stupid quote. Why should everyone waste time knowing exactly how the technology in their life works? That's completely counterproductive and inefficient. Civilization began when man developed division of labor. Rather than have everyone be equally equip to do ******* , each would hone their skills in a particular area and work in collaboration with others.

The same principal applies today; why should everyone know how their technology works? Are we supposed to spend years studying advanced electronics and computer programming so as not to be condescended to by Mr Sagan? No, we've got to learn something useful so that we might contribute something to society. Not that those things aren't useful, but they'd hardly be if every man on earth had a degree in electrical engineering and nobody to fill every other niche of society.

It's easy to look down from your pedestal on the uneducated peons and say "Bro, do you even science?", but before you do I suggest you take a moment to think who made your clothes, wrote the music on your iPod, picked your vegetables, build your house, because they sure as hell don't have or need a background in science to serve their purpose.
User avatar #74 - illumiknight (12/23/2012) [+] (10 replies)
In 1969, Nasa took three men to the moon. All of their technology combined is about equal to an iPhone.
#26 - anon (12/23/2012) [+] (4 replies)
"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on economics and finance, in which hardly anyone knows anything about economics and finance." Carl Sagan if he had studied economics instead science at university
#34 to #28 - anon (12/23/2012) [-]
'We live in a society exquisitely dependent on spiderman, in which hardly anyone knows anything about spiderman." Carl Sagan if he was spiderman instead of a scientist.
#121 - kraetyz (12/23/2012) [+] (4 replies)
Didn't Cracked talk about this somewhere?

People know about science and technology, it's just that we're 10-20 years behind actual scientists. This is because they've studied their entire lives about that specific thing and devoted years to expand on previous research. New discoveries and technologies are come up with every day, and a normal person who might read the news once in a while and remembers most science classes from school won't see all of it. Even if he saw it, he probably wouldn't understand it because, as said, the people working on new technology and top-tier science have studied all their lives for that kind of **** .

I dunno. I just think people shouldn't put too high expectations on each other in regards to scientific knowledge, because if you were to keep up with the news, you wouldn't have time for a job. Unless you become a scientist.
#53 - xtremedeath (12/23/2012) [+] (4 replies)
I read the quote...then saw Carl Sagan   
   
Remember Familiy Guy Redneck Episode.
I read the quote...then saw Carl Sagan

Remember Familiy Guy Redneck Episode.
User avatar #40 - generaljosh (12/23/2012) [-]
That's not a bad thing. It's the magic of specialization, without which we would all still be subsistence farmers
#48 - deadmuerto (12/23/2012) [+] (5 replies)
**deadmuerto rolled a random image posted in comment #30 at All of my want ** my specialty
#37 - wertyoguy (12/23/2012) [+] (1 reply)
the galaxy formed over billions and billions of years...
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User avatar #21 to #19 - heartlessrobot (12/23/2012) [-]
I think everyone knows him.
#24 - anon (12/23/2012) [+] (3 replies)
Carl Sagan is kind of an idiot, for someone who claims to be so smart.

He clearly doesn't realize that individuals are specialized to produce products that people with different skills (or few skills at all) can use effectively. I don't have to know how a car works to use it for quick transportation; you don't have to know how programming works to play a computer game.

This actually reminds me of the Einstein image that's often posted with the approximate quote: "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it's entire life believing it's stupid", or something like that.

But remember everyone, Carl Sagan knows everything. Like how we're all magical stardust faeries from outer space.
User avatar #120 - MythBuster (12/23/2012) [+] (4 replies)
i don't like this quote.. here's the definition of technology "The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes." scientists and inventors do their thing to make us smarter as a whole. back hundreds of years ago, to become amazing at math, it took money and knowledge. since the invention of the calculator, you really don't need either to do so functions that would have deemed you a genius if we were in those days. i think this quote makes Mr. Sagan look like a prick, why should you have to know how something works if there's someone smart enough to do that for you?
User avatar #51 - xhelliscoldx (12/23/2012) [-]
we live in a society were pizza gets to your house before the cops
User avatar #15 - awesomenessdefined (12/22/2012) [-]
This whole channel is a testament to that.
User avatar #131 - zonedguru (12/23/2012) [-]
Yeah because people like you complain about it all the time.
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User avatar #114 to #102 - Lilstow (12/23/2012) [-]
that kinda makes me think of the twist ending to the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime.

WARNING SPOILERS:
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I am referring to the fact that alchemy's energy came from a parallel universe (our universe in WWII) and that the energy was from the death of people.
User avatar #57 - radtroll (12/23/2012) [+] (3 replies)
I always wondered, if we had some kine of a global disaster and everything got destroyed, how long will it take us to rebuild the world as we know today ?
seems scary since most people don't know **** about how anything works ..
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