We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers. The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster. I know of a world with a million moons. I know of a sun the size of the Earth — and made of diamond.
There are atomic nuclei a few miles across which rotate thirty times a second. There are tiny grains between the stars, with the size and atomic composition of bacteria. It is easy to create an interstellar radio message which can be recognized as emanating unambiguously from intelligent beings. Imagine, a room, awash in gasoline. And there are two implacable enemies in that room.
One of them has 9,000 matches. Each of them is concerned about who’s ahead, who’s stronger. Well, that’s the kind of situation we are actually in. The amount of weapons that are available to the United States and the Soviet Union are so bloated, so grossly in excess of what’s needed to dissuade the other that if it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. Why We Need To Understand Science” in The Skeptical Inquirer Vol. Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.