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Posted: 13 May 2013 03:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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It’s fascinating, TVA, how people we think would have similar views differ so widely.  For example, I had no interest in a show called “The Big Bang Theory” until my wife who was already mostly paralyzed told me to watch it.  I was shocked at how much I loved and still love that show.  So I recommended it to my daughter and some friends.  She and most of them disliked it.  Strangely, the only people I know who enjoy it as much as I do is an Orange county Libertarian couple.  (That worries me).  Sorry about my Sagan opinion. 

We love that show! Sneaking science into a sit com was brilliant. Google the lyrics from the theme when you get the chance. Except for the “Neanderthal discovered food” part, it’s pretty accurate. This is definitely not a show for fundie creationists (portrayed by Sheldon’s Mom). It has everything from bouncing lasers off the Moon to sexual relationships. Tyson even did a cameo as well as others in the scientific field. And as to Sagan, everyone has many sides to his/her personality. Reading the posts here is a clear example of that!


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Posted: 13 May 2013 03:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Occam. - 11 May 2013 03:04 PM

but I couldn’t stand Carl Sagan’s voice or what I saw as his egotistical belief in his superiority. 

  I’m not alone in disliking his voice.

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Posted: 13 May 2013 08:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Occam. - 11 May 2013 03:04 PM

but I couldn’t stand Carl Sagan’s voice or what I saw as his egotistical belief in his superiority. 

  I’m not alone in disliking his voice.

Yeah, William F. Buckley was so much better.  LOL

They were both from New York.

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Posted: 13 May 2013 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Yeah, but I could laugh at Buckley.  smile

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Posted: 13 May 2013 05:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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I found Sagan incredibly inspiring, though I admit today Cosmos strikes me as a bit melodramatic and very dated. I also have seen Tyson speak, and I found him quite articulate, charming, and likeable. FWIW.

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Posted: 13 May 2013 05:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Yeah, but I could laugh at Buckley. 

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Yes, that feigned look of disdain and the way he lashed out with his tongue, I mean literally, he used his tongue as a prop and would bulge out his eyes when staring down his opponent, usually Gore Vidal. a lot of name calling there!


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Posted: 13 May 2013 07:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Occam. - 11 May 2013 03:04 PM

but I couldn’t stand Carl Sagan’s voice or what I saw as his egotistical belief in his superiority. 

  I’m not alone in disliking his voice.

Yeah, William F. Buckley was so much better.  LOL

They were both from New York.

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What does Buckley have to do with Sagan?

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Posted: 13 May 2013 09:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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I guess they’re referring to New York accents?...  Anyway, I would take billions and billions of Carl Sagan voices over one Wm F Buckley voice, with his snooty “ah..” interjections.

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Posted: 16 May 2013 05:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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mid atlantic - 13 May 2013 07:52 PM
psikeyhackr - 13 May 2013 08:31 AM
mid atlantic - 13 May 2013 03:21 AM
Occam. - 11 May 2013 03:04 PM

but I couldn’t stand Carl Sagan’s voice or what I saw as his egotistical belief in his superiority. 

  I’m not alone in disliking his voice.

Yeah, William F. Buckley was so much better.  LOL

They were both from New York.

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What does Buckley have to do with Sagan?

Listening to Sagan never bothered me but Occam mentioning not being able to stand someone’s voice immediately brought William F. Buckley to mind.  Then comparing them in my memory there was somewhat of a similarity.  I thought it must be a Boston accent so I Googled them and they were both from New York.

I suspect there were a number of things in combination that annoyed me about Buckley.  I guess I would have to call it a “studied condescension”.  It is like he put so much work into being annoying it was hard to concentrate on what he was actually saying and then that was always expressed in a manner more complicated than necessary.  That never came across with Sagan to me.  He was merely distinctive.

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