The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Author Carl Sagan
ISBN-10 0345409469
ISBN-13 9780345409461
Year 1997-02-25
Pages 457
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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A glorious book A spirited defense of science From the first page to the last this book is a manifesto for clear thought Los Angeles Times POWERFUL A stirring defense of informed rationality Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing The Washington Post Book WorldHow can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology driven lives if we don t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science Pulitzer Prize winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well being of our democratic institutions Casting a wide net through history and culture Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft faith healing demons and UFOs And yet disturbingly in today s so called information age pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction channeling past lives and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms COMPELLING USA Today A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity The Sciences PASSIONATE San Francisco Examiner Chronicle

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