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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Sagan; Ann Druyan
ISBN: 9781594201073 1594201072
OCLC Number: 829409443
Notes: The author's 1985 Gifford lectures.
Includes index.
Description: xviii, 284 p. ill. (some color) 25 cm
Contents: Nature and wonder: a reconnaisance of heaven --
The retreat from Copernicus --
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.

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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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