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Message 61847 - Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 21:29:23 UTC

Hi out there,
sometimes I read the following quote:

"If We Are Alone in the Universe, Then It Is an Awful Waste of Space"

It's always stated as a Carl Sagan quote. I remember that it's in the movie Contact, but actually couldn't find it in the book.

Does any of you know wheter or not Sagan really said that, or if its merly a mix up?
(Nevertheless I think it's cool statement).
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Message 61849 - Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 21:32:20 UTC - in response to Message 61847.  

> Hi out there,
> sometimes I read the following quote:
>
> "If We Are Alone in the Universe, Then It Is an Awful Waste of Space"
>
> It's always stated as a Carl Sagan quote. I remember that it's in the movie
> Contact, but actually couldn't find it in the book.
>
> Does any of you know wheter or not Sagan really said that, or if its merly a
> mix up?
> (Nevertheless I think it's cool statement).
>

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Message 61851 - Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 21:35:16 UTC - in response to Message 61847.  

> Hi out there,
> sometimes I read the following quote:
>
> "If We Are Alone in the Universe, Then It Is an Awful Waste of Space"
>
> It's always stated as a Carl Sagan quote. I remember that it's in the movie
> Contact, but actually couldn't find it in the book.
>
> Does any of you know wheter or not Sagan really said that, or if its merly a
> mix up?
> (Nevertheless I think it's cool statement).
>

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan

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Message 61854 - Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 21:42:01 UTC - in response to Message 61851.  

> <a> href="http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan">http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan[/url]
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Have seen that earlier, but is it actually true?
Again, people could mistake the line from the movie as a quote by Sagan. But as far as I know Sagan has been dead for some years by the time the movie was released. So, he might not even have been involved in writing the script.
--> Book yes, script.. don't know.
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Message 61866 - Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 22:10:52 UTC - in response to Message 61847.  
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Shown in a NASA window, as a quote, by Carl Sagan
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Message 61893 - Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 23:09:40 UTC

found this

http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/contact.html

http://members.cox.net/mathmistakes/eridani.htm

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan

and this

http://www.csicop.org/si/2003-11/ann-druyan.html

. . . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. . . .

this is from the Book Cosmos

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