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

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Read Online Free - 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.

Title : The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
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ISBN : 0345409469
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 457 pages


Dan rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

I sit before my computer, typing out a review of what is my favorite book. I’m daunted by the magnitude of this task, having just finished the book for the fourth or maybe fifth time. I wish I could remember when I bought this book, likely close to a decade ago, but I’m sure that I must have been...

Ahmad rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2018

المراجعة عصية على التلخيص بنفس قدر أهمية الكتاب للمهتمين بالعلوم ** "المنهج العلمي على ما يبدو عليه من الغلظة والسماجة لهو أهم إلى حد بعيد من مكتشفات العلم." ذُهلت عندما وجدت الكاتب يَسْتَهِل الكتاب بالحديث بجدية لتفنيد مزاعم الأطباق الطائرة؛ فالكاتب -أي كارل ساجان- هو أحد أشهر العلماء في التاريخ,...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

June 04, 2017

Always insightful, it seems that Sagan just wanted to watch the world learn. I should've read this at 14. Honestly, this should probably be required high school reading for everyone. It illustrates clearly the many and varied personal and societal benefits gained from applying the methods of scie...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

September 19, 2008

I miss Carl Sagan. Ever since I was a kid, Carl Sagan has been the face of science for me. I would watch Cosmos and feel a sense of amazement that the universe was as wonderful as it was. He'd be there in his turtleneck and his blazer, smiling as though he'd just heard the coolest secret and he wa...

David rated it ★★★★★

May 03, 2014

This is a marvelous book about the consequences of a population being scientifically illiterate. There are numerous consequences, all of them bad. Most notably, the growth of superstitious beliefs can lead to terrifying witch hunts that grow and grow, leaving a broad trail of torture, execution,...

Lightreads rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 13, 2009

Hey, so, guess what? People who read the Weekly World News are stupid, but scientists are awesome! Did you know that? I just put this book down, 175 pages in. It's not that I disagree with the thesis, because I actually don't at all. Sagan uses the widespread belief in alien abductions to talk abo...

Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2007

Sagan has been a hero of mine since I saw Cosmos years and years ago. Now that was one of the truly great science documentaries and one that, on the subject of physics, has rarely been bettered. This is a supurb book. Many people say things like, "I've no idea how people without a belief in the su...

Ahmed rated it ★★★☆☆

February 05, 2018

رغم صعوبة الحديث عن الكتاب؛ لثراءه واشتماله على نقائض الرأي.. فإن المنصف لا ينكر ما فيه من متعة وثراء وفائدة وإن كان كثير من الكتب جديراً أن يُقرأ بعين ناقدة؛ فإن هذا الكتاب أحق بذلك يتناول الكتاب بالانتقاد، كثيراً من أمثلة الدجل والعلم الزائف، مثل الأطباق الطائرة، والتنجيم، واختطاف الفضائيين للبشر...

Brad rated it ★★★★☆

December 05, 2011

If Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion is a nuclear bomb in the atheist arsenal, Carl Sagan's The Demon-haunted World is an anti-personnel mine. Where Dawkins goes for maximum destruction, piling the misery and mockery on those he's battling, Sagan doesn't even acknowledge his enemy. The Demon-haunt...

David rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 04, 2012

Full disclosure here, I did not finish this book; I made the decision to stop reading it after around 100 pages. I kept expecting the science to start at any page, but I got tired of reading accusations that the Weekly World News and Beavis and Butt-Head are sources of ignorance and misunderstand...

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