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The Sagan Conspiracy

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“We assume that there exists in the galaxy a loosely integrated community of diverse civilizations, cooperating in the exploration and sampling of astronomical objects and their inhabitants….It follows that there is the statistical likelihood that Earth was visited by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization at least once during historical times.”
—Carl Sagan, Direct Conta
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by New Page Books
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Dan Pfeiffer
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
It's a compelling read and the scientific paper Sagan wrote does indeed exist and it's perplexing why NASA apparently discarded it in favor of utilizing SETI, which at this point should be considered a failure in my opinion. Unfortunately the author indulges in near hysterical repeated statements of a conspiracy when the underlying primary motivations were likely more realistic assessments of political and monetary considerations. Of particular pleasure is the acknowledgement of Sagan as the fat ...more
Walt
Apr 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: biographical, ufology
Monotonous. The author makes the same 3 points over and over, in every chapter and almost in every paragraph. He believes that because Carl Sagan wrote a paper at Stanford that suggested it was 'possible' that Earth was visited by extraterrestrials many centuries ago, NASA made a deliberate effort to cover up Sagan's belief for the rest of his career. Very tiring.
Alicia
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting information but horribly repetitive. Finally skimmed most of it because I got tired of having him say the same thing over and over without any depth. He basically said all he was going to in the first chapter and then just kept rehashing the issue.
Christian Storer
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Summary: Sagan thought it was worthwhile to search for evidence of alien life on earth, but because there was no military value in that, NASA coerced the scientific community to ignore his paper on this subject, and to instead focus on radio telescopes. That's pretty much the whole book.

There was a fascinating bit of knowledge in there, and I think it could have been summarized in a ten-minute essay. Instead, it was stretched out into a six-hour lecture, and it was extremely repetitive. I think
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