The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvellous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience. Along the way he debunks alien abduction,... show more
Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvellous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience. Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing and channelling, refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious and other issues.
Publish date: 1995
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 457
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
My dad has recommended many books over the years, but this one has to be the most timely - and it was written twenty years ago! I suppose that means reason is timeless. Carl Sagan questions why humanity is so enamored with pseudo-science and the paranormal as opposed to, you know, the truth.Sagan's ...
Really thought-provoking work. Sagan's even-handed, open-minded approach to all streams of thought is refreshing and thoroughly engaging. He writes with a truly infectious sense of the beauty inherent in a cogent, thoughtful worldview. I won't bother speaking in a lot of detail about the book, but I...
I debated between 3 and 4 stars, so probably 3.5. I liked it a lot, but the first several chapters sometimes got tedious with the neverending lists of ways people ignore science. And I wondered who he was trying to convince. I should think most of the people who would read this book already under...
I read this as part of a book exchange with my husband. It was kind of hit and miss for me, mainly in part because I found it a bit dated, and I feel like we've as a society made strides in this area. My favorite part of this book was reading the notes my husband made when he read it about 10 year...
I think this is a book that everyone should read; we really aren't taught to critically think in school, and this would be a good place to start. It explained everything very clearly; Sagan was amazing at putting things into layman's terms, and this book was no different. As someone who is about to ...