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    • The list includes all sorts of texts that would appeal to a humanist like Sagan, who purposefully sought to complete the wheel of knowledge.

    Carl Sagan’s must read list, essential texts for mental engineering / 

    Last month, the United States’ Library of Congress acquired a collection of Carl Sagan’s documents, which includes a list of texts from 1954, when the scientist was a student. The list contains some philosophical and literary jewels, which we would be wise to include in our personal readings, to complete in full our anatomy of knowledge.

    In addition to some titles which we’d expect to be on the list of any astrophysicist, Sagan caringly filled his days with literature, philosophy, religion, art and psychology. After all it was he who built the great bridge between academia and popular culture. Taking advantage of all the previous subjects, Sagan knew how to transmit the awe he felt for the universe in a completely new manner. His list says a lot about him, we merely have to read some of the titles to outline the narrative of his cognitive cosmos. The list includes:

    The Republic by Plato

    Julius Ceasar by Shakespeare

    Young Archimedes by Huxley

    The Immoralist by Andre Gide

    Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay

    A History of Western Philosophy by W.T Jones

    Timaeus by Plato

    Education for freedom by Robert Maynard Hutchins

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