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It's A Clear Prescription For Disaster

A 2011 Complex interview with rapper Prodigy vs. a 1992 Kavita Philip interview with pop astronomer Carl Sagan.

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Patrick Ng

Carl Sagan: I would not want to be the one who would tell the parents of a sick baby that I am so opposed to animal experiments that I am happy to condemn their baby to death. That just does not make sense.

Prodigy: They’re not even thinking really, because they’re worried about bills, and this and that, and the third, and you’re just sitting there with time to think and be calm.

Sagan: Under threat of extermination.

Prodigy: Exactly. Yeah. The whole month I’ve been home we’ve been doing that.

Sagan: It’s a delicate line to walk.

Prodigy: That happens a lot.

Sagan: And the way I look at it, it represents a delicate balance between a heroic openness to all ideas and possibilities and the most rigorous skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.

Prodigy: Sometimes you’re in the mood for this, sometimes you’re in the mood for that.

Sagan: It’s a clear prescription for disaster. I’m pleased with how it has turned out.

Prodigy: That’s how I look at it.

Sagan: That’s our nature.

Prodigy: I can’t tell you why he did it, or why he said what he said afterwards, but all I can tell you is that really happened.

Sagan: Why not?

Prodigy: I don’t really know.

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