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Read online The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark 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 by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
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Number of Pages:457
Category:Science, Non fiction, Philosophy, Religion, Skepticism
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On the th anniversary of his death brilliant astrophysicist and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan s prescient exploration of the relationship between religion and science and his personal search for God br br Carl Sagan is considered one of the greatest scientific minds of our time His remarkable ability to explain science in terms easily understandable to the layman in bestselling books such as i Cosmos i i The Dragons of Eden i and i The Demon Haunted World i won him a Pulitzer Prize and placed him firmly next to Isaac Asimov Stephen Jay Gould and Oliver Sachs as one of the most important and enduring communicators of science In December it will be the tenth anniversary of Sagan s death and Ann Druyan his widow and longtime collaborator will mark the occasion by releasing Sagan s famous Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology i The Varieties of Scientific Experience A Personal View of the Search for God i br br The chance to give the Gifford Lectures is an honor reserved for the most distinguished scientists and philosophers of our civilization In on the grand occasion of the centennial of the lectureship Carl Sagan was invited to give them He took the opportunity to set down in detail his thoughts on the relationship between religion and science as well as to describe his own personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos br br i The Varieties of Scientific Experience i edited updated and with an introduction by Ann Druyan is a bit like eavesdropping on a delightfully intimate conversation with the late great astronomer and astrophysicist In his charmingly down to earth voice Sagan easily discusses his views on topics ranging from manic depression and the possibly chemical nature of transcendance to creationism and so called intelligent design to the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets to the likelihood of nuclear annihilation of our own to a new concept of science as informed worship Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding he illuminates his explanations with examples from cosmology physics philosophy literature psychology cultural anthropology mythology theology and more Sagan s humorous wise and at times stunningly prophetic observations on some of the greatest mysteries of the cosmos have the invigorating effect of stimulating the intellect exciting the imagination and reawakening us to the grandeur of life in the cosmos, 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 br br 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, For centuries humanity has dreamed of life and intelligence beyond the Earth for decades scientists have searched for it in every corner of the sky for years Project Argus a vast sophisticated complex of radio telescopes has listened for a signal indicating the existence somewhere in the universe of extraterrestrial intelligence br br Then one afternoon the course of human history is changed abruptly and forever The Message awaited for so long it s very possibility doubted by so many arrives br br Contact has been made Life intelligence someone some i thing i beyond Earth light years away in the vicinity of the star Vega is calling beaming across space a wholly unexpected message to say that we are not have never been alone, Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge br br Photos many in color