The Demon-haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
"A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought."
*Los Angeles Times
"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, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.
"A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity."
*San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
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Review: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the DarkUser Review - Azura Victoria - Goodreads
Never did I expect a scientific non-fiction book to be so well crafted and easy to read. Carl Sagan is perhaps my favourite author of all time. On finishing this book I was inspired with a whole new ... Read full review
Review: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the DarkUser Review - Nathan Reinauer - Goodreads
Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in science and/or skepticism. Fascinating and inspiring. Read full review
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