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Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space Themes

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Themes

Great Demotions and Pale Blue Dots

The title of the book, "Pale Blue Dot" indicates the book's primary theme. Sagan is particularly impressed with how small the Earth is compared to the universe as a whole. He was one of those who had one of the Voyager satellites turn to face the earth from millions of miles away and take a picture of our "Pale Blue Dot," and he draws a moral and theological lesson from the photo. It is this: we are small, insignificant and incredibly petty. Humanity should be united in hope and joy in the face of colonizing the universe and its potential for cosmic discovery. Instead we let nationalism, ideology and religion get in our way.

Humanity seemed to come into being believing that it was the center of the universe, and this manifested itself in a belief that the Earth was the center of...

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