Is "[...] The cosmos is interesting rather than perfect, and everything is not part of some greater plan, nor is all necessarily under control." not from Sagan's series Cosmos' 1980? -- Jeandré, 2010-11-17t05:31z
- This seems plausible, but I find no reference to it in Google searches, but it does appear in Starhawk's twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance (1999), on page 231:
- The Trickster represents the quality of randomness and chance in the universe, without which there could be no freedom. In the Craft the Goddess is not omnipotent. The cosmos is interesting rather than perfect, and everything is not part of some greater plan, nor is all necessarily under control. Understanding this keeps us humble, able to admit that we cannot know or control or define everything.
- I will add this earlier reference to the article, and probably a few more. Any location of similar statements by Carl Sagan would of course be very welcome. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 08:49, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
- I am not currently at home, so I am operating off what I can find in Google searches. I do have a copy of the 1999 edition somewhere there, and shall check that to see clearly what section it appears in within a few days, but I believe my very cherished copy of the 1979 edition was borrowed and never returned some years ago. So it goes... ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 09:02, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
- From what I can piece together from internet searches and recall from memory I would say that this is in the original 1979 edition as well, though I have not yet obtained any hits for that — it was not as widely published a book as the twentieth anniversary edition. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 09:26, 17 November 2010 (UTC)