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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
Title: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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In Carl Sagan published The Cosmic Connection a daring view of the universe which rapidly became a classic work of popular science and inspired a generation of scientists and enthusiasts This seminal work is reproduced here for a whole new generation to enjoy In Sagan s typically lucid and lyrical style he discusses many topics from astrophysics and solar system science to colonization terraforming and the search for extraterrestrials Sagan conveys his own excitement and wonder and relates the revelations of astronomy to the most profound human problems and concerns issues that are just as valid today as they were thirty years ago New to this edition are Freeman Dyson s comments on Sagan s vision and the importance of the work Ann Druyan s assessment of Sagan s cultural significance as a champion of science and David Morrison s discussion of the advances made since and what became of Sagan s predictions Who knows what wonders this third millennium will reveal but one thing is certain Carl Sagan played a unique role in preparing us for them, Dr Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure offering his vivid and startling insights into the brains of humans amp beasts the origin of human intelligence the function of our most haunting legends and their amazing links to recent discoveries, In the final book of his astonishing career Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives our world and the universe around us These luminous entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century Here too is a rare private glimpse of Sagan s thoughts about love death and God as he struggled with fatal disease Ever forward looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity Billions amp Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day, 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