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The Demon-Haunted World Science As a Candle in the Dark (Paperback)

Author:  Carl Sagan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0345409469
ISBN-13: 9780345409461
Sku: 30050134
Publish Date: 3/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  480
 
Examines and debunks what the Pulitzer Prize-winning author refers to as pseudo-science, which includes such popular topics as channeling past lives, alien abduction, and communal hallucinations, suggesting that these trends are dangerous for society. Reprint. *Author: Sagan, Carl *Subtitle: Science As a Candle in the Dark *Publication Date: 1997/03/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 8.25
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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.
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In the last book he completed before his death, Carl Sagan, the most popular scientist since Albert Einstein, takes on "pseudo-science" in this scathing indictment of paranormal phenomenon and superstition, which he sees as signs of an onset of global ignorance. Sagan cogently examines a variety of supposedly supernatural phenomenon, including UFOs, ghosts, psychics, astrology, crop circles, religious apparitions, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, and he finds that there is no evidence in support of any of them, other than the surprisingly similar stories of people who have every reason to lie. For Sagan, these hoaxes are far from harmless; as people continue to embrace the verity of such scientific travesties, they move away from the glory and wonder of real science, which is supported by the ubiquity of our perceptions. Sagan completes his utterly convincing defense of science with a "baloney detection kit," which consists of a list of questions which can be used to measure the worth of any claim or theory.
Author Bio
Carl Sagan
After studying at the University of Chicago (which he entered at the age of 16) and Berkeley, Sagan taught at Harvard and then Cornell University, where he was a professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He remained at Cornell until his death. Sagan was interested in the physics and chemistry of planetary atmospheres and surfaces, along with the origins of life on earth and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. At the height of his popularity, Sagan was perhaps the world's most identifiable member of the scientific community through his books and popular TV series "Cosmos". He won a great number of honors in his lifetime, including the Nobel Prize. His book "Contact" was made into a film starring Jodie Foster. Sagan died in 1996, but his legacy remains very much alive, as a number of people who studied with him have continued to conduct research and create technology for exploring the solar system for signs of extraterrestrial life. Additionally, the Planetary Society, which Sagan co-founded, continues to publish a newsletter on space exploration, and many science writers cite Sagan as playing an instrumental role in their interest and success in writing about scientific matters.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Sagan has produced a valuable document on the side of scientific civilization and enlightened progress."

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"Eloquent, fascinating, humane, witty....I wish I had written THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD. Having failed to do so the least I can do is press it upon my friends. Please read this book." - Richard Dawkins

Boston Book Review
"...the book makes a wonderfully cohesive whole. It is rich in ideas, elegantly expressed. I highly recommend it to any serious student of science and culture."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0480
Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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