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Astronomer Carl Sagan wrote a piece in 1995 that has re-emerged in the past week - the reason? Because many people believe it has actually come to pass.

He wrote in his book, The Demon-Haunted World, about the dangers of pseudoscience, and of the importance of being sceptical.

One passage in particular stands out as a pretty spot-on prediction of today.

Sagan wrote:

I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

Cynical, yes - but is it really that far off the truth?

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