Michael Shermer writes in the Skeptic column of the December 2005 Scientific American
There are many ways to be spiritual, and science is one, with its awe-inspiring account about who we are and where we came from. “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself,” began the late astronomer Carl Sagan in the opening scene of Cosmos, filmed just down the coast from Esalen, in referring to the stellar origins of the chemical elements of life. “We’ve begun at last to wonder about our origins, star stuff comtemplating the stars, organized collections of ten billion billion billion atoms contemplating the evolution of matter, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness…. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.” That is spiritual gold.
What the heck kind of happy new age horseshite is that? It sure isn’t science he’s talking about. It’s some kind of religious belief. “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself”… Uh, hey Michael, what predictions does your Cosmos Knowing Itself hypothesis make and how can we test it? I think Shermer has gone off the deep end. Where is Judge Jones when you really need him to separate science from religion?