Arthur C Clarke dies, does not go to magical land of clouds to hang out with dead pets and Hendrix

Arthur C Clarke, one of the most progressive minds of the last century, recently died. Apart from writing a slew of Sci-fi novels as far back as the 40′s, he co-wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey and is credited with inventing the idea of communications satellites back in 1945, decades before they were a reality.

Here are some of my favorite ACC quotes:

If there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they cannot be very important gods.

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.

It is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. There are, for example, so many different religions — each of them claiming to have the truth, each saying that their truths are clearly superior to the truths of others — how can someone possibly take any of them seriously? I mean, that’s insane. …Though I sometimes call myself a crypto-Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion. Of those around at the moment, Islam is the only one that has any appeal to me. But, of course, Islam has been tainted by other influences. The Muslims are behaving like Christians, I’m afraid.

I have encountered a few creationists and because they were usually nice, intelligent people, I have been unable to decide whether they were _really_ mad, or only pretending to be mad. If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created that whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading mankind?

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