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

by Carl Sagan

Random House Publishing Group | July 6, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 6.
"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

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 6, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307801047

ISBN - 13: 9780307801043

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought provoking this book is an excellent rebuff to all the people in the world that take observations at face vale and does a very good job in debunking the myth regarding UFO's, witches, alien abductions and the like. Written in great detail with careful analysis, although tends to be a little repetitious at times.
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good, but tedious the book starts off very well... but the last 3 chapters are repeditive, you 'could' skip these (except the coauthor'd chapter) I would highly recommend this book for everyone who enjoys a good read. Dr. C.S wrote a great book, and It would be a shame if you didnt have your own copy.
Date published: 2005-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kudos to Sagan Carl Sagan managed to describe my philosophies on life in ways that I could never have put into words. I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I listened to the recording of "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark". This work was so insightful and passionate that I immediately went out and bought a copy of the book as a gift for my father. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kudos to Sagan Carl Sagan managed to describe my philosophies on life in ways that I could never have put into words. I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I listened to the recording of "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark". This work was so insightful and passionate that I immediately went out and bought a copy of the book as a gift for my father. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Date published: 2000-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book For People Who Want To Use Their Mind What is the difference between science and pseudo-science? How can you detect pure baloney? Why would some people rather pray over a cholera victim that give her 500 milligrams of tetracycline every 12 hours? When scientific treatments are a thousand times more effective than the alternatives, why do humans still look for supernatural solutions?
Date published: 1999-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from think Dr. Sagan was the science teacher we all sould have had. This book tries to show how much of what we listen to ( as science ) is just crap. How we all must try to pull ourselves from a Demon Haunted World and live in the real world.
Date published: 1999-04-02

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

by Carl Sagan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 6, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307801047

ISBN - 13: 9780307801043

From the Publisher

"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

About the Author

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.
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