Re: Chapter 19: No such things as a dumb question
Sagan mentions short term gratification permeating our culture.
I'm wondering what Sagan would think about the culture of today and the apparent addiction (IMO) to instant gratification and and over stimulation?
Does the use of technology have anything to do with it?
The technology of today is largely for entertainment and to make life "easier" so you can have more time to be entertained.
Sagan also mentions how adults seem to be put off by scientific questions.
Materialism and The Secular Society seems to offer no remedy.
Actually, I'd say it exacerbates the situation. Western secular values seem to promote the building of personal identity by the acquisition of material goods as a means to achieve status.
I'm wondering if Sagan will drop the implicit argument that "religion is a detriment to wonder" for a moment and discuss any evidence that a secular society will start people "wondering" more about the natural world.
But, I agree with a lot of what Sagan says in this chapter.