The Demon-haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark by Carl SaganThe Demon-haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark by Carl Sagan

The Demon-haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark

byCarl Sagan, Ann Druyan

Paperback | February 25, 1997

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A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace

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


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.

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“Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”The Washington Post Book World

“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
Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice...
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Title:The Demon-haunted World: Science As A Candle In The DarkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.19 × 5.46 × 0.83 inPublished:February 25, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Astounding book Sagan is amazing. He looks at every aspect in a different lens, and it impacts contemporary thinking. This book also overlaps with 1984 by George Orwell. Must read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sagan is a beast One of the greatest minds of our time... perhaps ever. A must read.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful prose A great introduction to skepticism and how we know what we know. Carl's wonderful prose shines through in "Demon-Haunted World", making it an enjoyable and at times breath-taking read.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful skeptical popular science book. I discovered Carl Sagan recently through my growing interest in skepticism. He is frequently mentioned on the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast. I bought the book to see what the fuss is about. Sagan wrote lucidly and concisely. His was a great mind and he clearly was an important figure in popularizing the scientific method and critical thinking in general. I read the book slowly to try an take it all in, but in fact it was hard to put down. I wholeheartedly recommend it. I wish he was still around. The world needs people like him now more than ever.
Date published: 2013-03-19
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: 2000-05-23
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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Disturbingly, in our so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning, with alien abduction, "channeling" past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. In this compellingly brilliant new book, Carl Sagan argues that this is not just a cultural wrong turn, but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks modern pseudoscience, as well as such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. By doing so, he demonstrates that true scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth, but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions

Editorial Reviews

“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 “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