- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Reprint edition (25 February 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345409469
- ISBN-13: 978-0345409461
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Paperback – 25 Feb 1997
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ious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought."
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"POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing."
*The Washington Post Book World
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, di
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At times, he goes back to his childhood and college days and shares his nostalgic memories in pursuit of truth behind the science. Recommended for all students, especially those who are interested in scientific investigations of mysterious matters that puzzle our mind.
This book is one of his contributions which presents a crisp, clear, and wholeheartedly enlightening picture of scientific thought. It debunks pseudoscience and myths, and exposes the inherent paradoxes within such "disciplines". Sagan's message is clear and persuasive; it encourages reader to think with a scientific approach and presents the danger of letting irrational acceptance (religious exploitation, social servitude, potential for wars, addiction, loss of mental capacity etc.)
Can be made a must-read for high school students.
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