August 21, 2007

Death of a Ninja

Perry DeAngelis has died. He was a funny, thoughtful educator and skeptic (of some note, as he would have joked). He wrote a wonderful review of Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, in which he had this to say:

"Thinking critically is a chore. It does not come naturally or easily. And if the fruits of such efforts are not carefully displayed to young minds, then they will not harvest them. Every school child must be implanted with the wonder of the atom, not the thrall of magic."

Cheers, Perry. You are missed.