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The varieties of scientific experience : a personal view of the search for God

Carl Sagan (Author), Ann Druyan (Editor)
Sagan sets down his detailed thoughts on the relationship between religion and science and describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. In 1985, Sagan was invited to give the famous Gifford Lectures in Scotland on the grand occasion of the lectureship's centennial. The result is this delightfully intimate discussion of his views on topics ranging from the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets to the danger of nuclear annihilation of our own, on creationism and so-called intelligent design to a new concept of science as "informed worship" to manic depression and the possible chemical nature of transcendence. In his trademark clear and down-to-earth voice, the late astronomer and astrophysicist illuminates his conversation with examples from cosmology, physics, philosophy, literature, psychology, cultural anthropology, mythology, theology, and more.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2006
Penguin Press, New York, 2006
xviii, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
9781594201073, 9780143112624, 1594201072, 0143112627
Nature and wonder : a reconnaissance of heaven
The retreat from Copernicus : a modern loss of nerve
The organic universe
Extraterrestrial intelligence
Extraterrestrial folklore : implications for the evolution of religion
The god hypothesis
The religious experience
Crimes against creation
The search
Selected Q & A
The author's 1985 Gifford lectures
Includes index