The Skepticism is Strong with This One…

Sometimes, in a world full of irrational thought and credulity, a skeptic can feel overwhelmed–alone in a storm of mysticism and pseudoscience. Like Luke Skywalker collapsed in a whiteout, I find myself wishing for a blue-Jedi apparition of Carl Sagan, the Obi-wan Kenobi of skepticism!

Luke, you’ll find many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.

Of course, we all know that wizard was just a crazy old man and Sagan didn’t need ‘hokey religions’ or ‘mystical energy fields’ (as Capt. Solo would say). But I think Sagan’s talent for writing and speaking is the closest thing you can get to a real Jedi mind trick–a magic-like ability to get people to see reason.

To celebrate the popularization of science and skepticism, I’ve created the Jedi Master Sagan wallpaper. Check out my blog, There Are Four Lights, to download it for your desktop, iPhone, or iPad. Help spread the geekdom by voting on Digg, Reddit, and using the other social sharing buttons available.

4 Responses to “The Skepticism is Strong with This One…”

  1. Mark says:

    Oh my Flying Spaghetti Monster, I LOVE this! Would it be completely awesome on a t-shirt?!

  2. Skeptikor says:

    Carl Sagan is the closest thing I have to a spiritual mentor. Thanks so much! I’m going to use it as wallpaper, but first I’m going to photoshop it with the caption F—- THE DARK SIDE!

  3. Theorica says:

    I think I just had an eyegasm. Love this work!

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    International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes skepticism and critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention". She has spoken on the TED Fellows stage at the TED 2009 conference in Long Beach, CA, and more recently at TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. Currently, Sara is working on producing a new series, Legend of the Ztarr, that aims to introduce manga readers to skeptical and humanist values through storytelling. Her blog, There Are Four Lights, combines art and skepticism, with occasional pepperings of general geekdom and random cuteness.