Back in 1999 when I saw UFOs first hand including a close up sighting of a metallic flying disk, I was also reading all of Carl Sagan's books as well.
Just a funny coincidence.
Carl Sagan has been the most crucial and important figure in 'awakening me' to the vast universe of knowledge and information, and giving me a
scientific grounding but also at the same time, a creative perspective and the tools to determine things out for myself without having to rely
exclusively on other humans to create my understandings of my surroundings.
Sagan was actually the primary person who would have served as a 'xeno-diplomat' if you will, in the event that we made official contact with alien
life forms. He was easily one of the smartest and best informed people, he worked on Blue Book and criticized the project on many occasions.
One interesting point is that he believed Blue Book was just a public display intended to quell the public's interest in the subject and made various
suggestions and points that there must have been 'another project' with better resources deeper within the military hierarchy that was taking a more
serious approach to the subject. Examples he gave were about the bogus explanations given for various UFO sighting events, which did not make sense or
explain the sighting to any reasonable extent.
I am highly convinced that Sagan was involved in various 'secret' projects and had knowledge far beyond that of accepted science, and he gave many
clues to this throughout his wonderful books on various occasions. This should be obvious to anyone who has done their homework.
I would have to say that Sagan was the most influential person in my life in opening me up to thinking rationally and scientifically about things. My
secondary influence was a few years later, and it was Michio Kaku, the person who has taken Sagan's place.
I highly suggest people read all of Sagan (and also Kaku's) books and writings.
Especially check out these books:
All links are to Amazon.com -
The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the
And by Kaku:
Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Everyone must read all of these particular works I have linked, although these authors have written many other works I want to emphasize these
Please note that although Demon-Haunted World is a guide to determining what is fact from fake, and although he dismissed most crop-circles as hoaxes,
we have to remember no one is perfect and everyone can make mistakes. Also there could have been a reason he was 'put up to debunking them in
particular', by powers we may not know about or see.
Sagan and Kaku have taught me one very important skill, and that is to QUESTION EVERYTHING and to remain open to ALL POSSIBILITIES even if it seems
improbable. The Truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Don't take anything as gospel but take things into consideration and open your mind to what
could exist behind the veil that clouds our vision.
Very good thread topic OP, I am very happy with what you have accomplished here!
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