Re: Sagan's Death

S.J. Van Sickle (
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 11:51:29 +0000

> You may or may not have heard about Carl Sagan's death this morning. I've
> known about his illness for some time, because my oldest friend works(ed)
> for him at Cornell. I'm very sorry, I didn't get a chance to talk to
> her and Sagan's family about cryonics. He's completely dead, I'm
> very sad to say.

Dr. Sagan, in his book "Broca's Brain", tells of coming across the
preserved brain of Paul Broca (an 19th century scientist) in an anatomy
collection. He speculates that perhaps, in some fundamental way,
Paul Broca was still there. This was my first introduction to the
chain of ideas that led to cryonics. This makes his death especially
sad for me.

Steve Van Sickle