Carl Sagan's Prediction From 20 Years Ago Will Blow Your Mind!

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Carl Sagan, one of the most important scientists in human history, is known for his work on space-science and his discoveries in astrobiology.

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Sagan initiated the Interplanetary Space Travel Project and continued it until he passed away.

He performed a lot of valuable work in order to spread the science to societies and made scientific thinking understandable to the people.

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In societies where ignorance is prevalent, he saw science to be the light of darkness, both by his actions and by his sayings. He rightfully earned his reputation.

Sagan, who wrote hundreds of articles and dozens of books throughout his lifetime, was one of the most successful analysts of not just his time, but also of the future.

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Sagan defended throughout his life that knowledge is the most valuable nutrition for the human mind.

In his book The Demon-Haunted World, he encouraged everybody to think critically and skeptically, warning them of the dangers of false science and ignorance.

And he did so in the year 1995, which was 20 years ago!

In Sagan's book, he talked about the level of technological developments in the future (that is to say today), and how these developments could be used.

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In addition, he stated that in the future, production will fall to almost the level of extinction, while consumption will increase disproportionately. Sagan, who knew about the concerns arising from despair and the politicians who couldn't represent the society, made successful predictions related to political matters.

He said people would go beyond the truth or the knowledge, and the belief for superstition and false knowledge would increase. He also said people were going to pursue things that made them feel good, not the truth.

It shouldn't be too difficult to say that Sagan wasn't wrong when we see what kind of things people believe and what kind of things go on around the internet.

A twitter user shared a part from the Sagan's book and received good responses.

Although these estimates were made for the US, we see that these degenerations are valid all over the world.

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So, how did Sagan make such an accurate prediction?

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The facts are a bit complicated here because perhaps the most important reason why these estimates make sense to you is something that Sagan was always against, that is, people tend to see what they want to see.

Now if I tell you that ''you will have a new job this month, make a lot of money. If you don't have a person you like, you will soon have one." How would you feel?

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Many of you would choose to believe it without even thinking about it. But, if I say to you, "100,000 people died of cancer in your country last year," again, you would overlook it because you ignore the possibility of being one of those 100,000 individuals, you are not one of those 100,000 people.

So, why is it like this?

The reason for this is, with the simplest definition, is the sense of optimism. Which is the tendency to see things that are not real but suit the individual's demands.

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Just like with horoscopes.

Thanks to the optimism prejudice of people, you can show any statistic about any of the divorce, cancer, and average life span.

Often, they will choose to believe that these unfavorable events will not happen to them.

Something similar happens when we come across an oddly accurate estimate of the future.

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Some of the perceptual prejudices that are integrated into all people are in fact the details that confirm our existing beliefs.

Matt Novak, a psychologist and sociologist, says something very interesting on the subject:

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"Predictions are often similar to a Rorschach test, an ink test developed to detect the personal characteristics of people, rather than linking them to facts, they focus on their own truths and fears.

Media is programming in the lowest common ground; Blames the science and shines the superstition. We celebrate our ignorance and we are not even aware of it. The credibility of the presentations on so-called science and superstition is clearly seen by the content slowly falling into pieces.''

If Sagan were alive, I guess he would have been proud of his predictions made 20 years ago and their connections with today's world.

Especially if he'd seen how young people lose their minds on television.

BONUS:

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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

Carl Sagan

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