Dorion Sagan on the spirit of science and its necessary connection to philosophy.
Dorion Sagan, son of Carl, on why, at a time of increasing fragmentation into different micro-disciplines, science require synthesis more than ever.
Dorion Sagan, son of Carl, on the heart of science.
The difference between science and philosophy is that the scientist learns more and more about less and less until she knows everything about nothing, whereas a philosopher learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything.
Dorion Sagan on science and philosophy
A Tibetan mystic saying goes: We are here to realize the illusion of our separateness. The spiritual sentiment has a biological cognate. Our xenotropic drive — to merge with what is not us, temporarily in sex, or permanently in symbiosis or cross-species hybrids — is more than a metaphor. But it also offers spiritual solace. When we hook up with another, in sex or love (or, more rarely, both) we prove that our isolation is not permanent. In the fullness of time, we may all be linked. In the meantime, eros brings us together, making us more than we are alone. Cupid’s arrow, quivering into the heart of loneliness, kills us even as it sets us free.
Dorion Sagan, son of Carl Sagan, on the history of sex before humanity