The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark (Paperback)

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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 World



    How 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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    ISBN 9780345409461
    Genre SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
    Format Paperback
    Publisher Date 1997-03-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ballantine Books
    Copyright Year 1995
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.85 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Science As a Candle in the Dark
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Sagan, Carl
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0

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      Worth it, even if its only for Sagans "Baloney detection kit"!! Great Read!!

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    • Demon Haunted World
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      I absolutely loved this book! It was recommended to me by my Philosophy teach so I was hesitant about reading it at first. Once I started I realized it was very easy to understand and I learned a lot from it. It was extremely informative and well worth buying.

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    • The Demon Haunted World, Carl Sagan
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      As a physician and wannabe scientist, I enjoyed the book. Carl Sagan eloquently conveys many of my own feelings on the various subject matters. The books focus is on the lack of scientifically supported basic reasoning in our society. It is filled with interesting historical information on many topics- religeous, philosophical, scientific, pseudoscientific, technological... Overall somewhat depressing in the bleak picture in paints of humanity... for humanities future. If only his voice was heard by the ignorant masses.

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