August 21, 2011

Sagan on Science and Spirituality

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."

~ Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

1 comment:

Mark Spyrison said...

It always puzzled me how a man mindful of the abstract could still dismiss the notion of God on the basis (if I recall his objections) of an insistence on materialism as the only meaningful or credible source of knowledge.