SKEPTICISM SANS CYNICISM: Joyful Rituals Based in Science

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How do those of us who are not religious find meaning and beauty in life? How do we celebrate? How do we mark time? How do we navigate births, deaths, weddings and everything else that has historically relied on the infrastructure of religion? How do we honor our ancestors and their traditions without being bound by them? Sasha Sagan was raised by secular parents, the astronomer Carl Sagan and the writer and producer Ann Druyan. They taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable. Her new book, For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World is is part memoir, part guidebook, and part social history. Sagan offers us a luminous exploration the marvels of nature, as revealed by science, that require no faith in order to be believed, and an unforgettable meditation on the power of each to bring us closer to one another. Her essays and interviews about life and death through a secular lens have appeared in The Cut, O. the Oprah Magazine, The Literary Hub, and other national publications. Sagan writes about religion, science and mortality but Undark Magazine called Sasha’s work “surprisingly lighthearted”. Inverse named Sagan one of their Future 50, “a group of 50 people who will be forces of good in the 2020s”. Come hear her share her uplifting approach secular life.

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