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Originally posted by Aliensun
reply to post by Nairda
If Carl Sagan was the only person that you "trust," then you have allowed yourself to be deluded by Sagan and the entire apparatus that propelled him to fame (along with his charm, wit and knowledge). Sagan's role in leading the public to the "aliens are out there" trough has been documented and written about several times on ATS.
Sagan, an ardent believer in UFOs, cleverly crossed over to the debunking side to build a professional career saying just what TPTB wanted him to say: "Yes, they are out there, but no, they can't get here" Whether he was knowingly used by TPTB to awaken the world to the wonders of the cosmos and deny UFOs in the same breath was his ploy or his job, we may never know. We can suspect that he was "turned by Edward Condon who hired Sagan to work on the so-called "Condon Report." If you doubt his real views on UFOs, read William Poundstone's bio on Sagan entitledCarl Sagan.
We do know that he was an opportunist as evidence by his first book with the Russian I.S. Shklovskii, Intelligent Life in the Universe Much later Shklovskii was to say that he had no idea that Sagan was going to take his work, annoint it as he did to about twice its initial size and run with it. The Russian may have been annoyed at what the young Sagan did with his work, but yet he was pleased with the attention he got from the West.
In scientific circles, Sagan was not so much appreciated because he was not always right in his views, "nuclear winter," for one example, which was out of his field, and because he was given special treatment all around by NASA/JPL, Collumbia University, etc.. A book was actually published about all of the things he was wrong about. The question remains whether he was merely serving his large ego as the "social gadfly scientist" or doing a "public service" for the government by denying the existence of UFO. At the least, it seems he was professionally dishonest to a great degree.