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The demon-haunted world : science as a candle in the dark

Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Ballantine Books edView all editions and formats
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"Are we on the brink of a new Dark Age of irrationality and superstition? In this stirring, brilliantly argued book, internationally respected scientist Carl Sagan shows how scientific thinking is necessary to safeguard our democratic institutions and our technical civilization." "The Demon-Haunted World is more personal and richer in moving and revealing human stories than anything Sagan has previously written.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Sagan
ISBN: 0345409469 9780345409461 1439505284 9781439505281
OCLC Number: 36504316
Notes: "March 1997."
Description: xviii, 457 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The most precious thing --
Science and hope --
The man in the moon and the face on Mars --
Aliens --
Spoofing and secrecy --
Hallucinations --
The demon-haunted world --
On the distinction between true and false visions --
Therapy --
The dragon in my garage --
The city of grief --
The fine art of baloney detection --
Obsessed with reality --
Antiscience --
Newton's sleep --
When scientists know sin --
The marriage of skepticism and wonder --
The wind makes dust --
No such thing as a dumb question --
House on fire --
The path to freedom --
Significance junkies --
Maxwell and the nerds --
Science and witchcraft --
Real patriots ask questions.
Responsibility: Carl Sagan.

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"Are we on the brink of a new Dark Age of irrationality and superstition? In this stirring, brilliantly argued book, internationally respected scientist Carl Sagan shows how scientific thinking is necessary to safeguard our democratic institutions and our technical civilization." "The Demon-Haunted World is more personal and richer in moving and revealing human stories than anything Sagan has previously written. With illustrations from his own childhood experience as well as engrossing tales of discovery, Sagan shows how the method of scientific thought can cut through prejudice and hysteria to uncover the often surprising truth." "He convincingly debunks "alien abduction," "channelers," faith-healer fraud, the "face" on Mars, and much else. Along the way, he refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality or is just another arbitrary belief system, asks why scientific study is often stigmatized, discusses the dangers of the misuse of science, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious, and other issues."--Jacket.

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Sagan at his best

by Fenduvial (WorldCat user published 2008-08-03) Excellent Permalink

The Demon-Haunted World explores science and pseudoscience, emphasizing the importance of the scientific method as the best way (so far) for learning about and explaining the universe.  True to Sagan and Druyan's collection of works, the book includes plenty of political opinions and...
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