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

Author: Carl Sagan; Ann Druyan
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
Series: Gifford lectures, 1985.
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Carl Sagan; Carl Sagan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Sagan; Ann Druyan
ISBN: 1594201072 9781594201073 9780143112624 0143112627
OCLC Number: 69021064
Notes: The author's 1985 Gifford lectures.
Includes index.
Description: xviii, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Gifford lectures, 1985.
Responsibility: Carl Sagan ; edited by Ann Druyan.
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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.

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