My name is Andrew Groleau and I'm 21 years old. When I was about 18 I was, what I consider to be a very religious young man. I had convervative political views speaking on American terms, and the thought of god leaving the pledge of allegiance made me tremble utterly. About a year ago I picked up a book called Broca's Brain. I'm sure you've heard of this book as it was written by someone whom i'm sure you admire, Carl Sagan. I was suddenly addicted to what Carl would call the “romance of science”. The sheer principle of it was just astounding to me. What is notable about this book and what it did to me is not Carl's attention to organized religion, to which he had an openly mild disdain (though in private he may have felt more strongly). It was the fact that he presented science as a unifier for all humans. A common language that could be shared in relative harmony as a replacement to superstition, between all cultures. It had such a catastrophic affect on what I had believed for so long. After Broca's Brain and Pale Blue Dot, I was, as you would say “on the fence” religiously. I needed only your bold handed and ever so eloquent literary push to but get me to the other side. I still believed in a christian god and christian values, until I asked for your book for my birthday in October of 2007. Its now late April in 2008. I am fully enthralled in the scientific method and all of its principles, and I am thoroughly proud to be living in the defining age of a spiritual crossroads of reason and religion. Thank you Richard, you changed my life and I appreciate every moment so much more because of it.