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Read online The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark 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 by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
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Category:Science, Non fiction, Philosophy, Religion, Skepticism
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On the th anniversary of his death brilliant astrophysicist and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan s prescient exploration of the relationship between religion and science and his personal search for God br br Carl Sagan is considered one of the greatest scientific minds of our time His remarkable ability to explain science in terms easily understandable to the layman in bestselling books such as i Cosmos i i The Dragons of Eden i and i The Demon Haunted World i won him a Pulitzer Prize and placed him firmly next to Isaac Asimov Stephen Jay Gould and Oliver Sachs as one of the most important and enduring communicators of science In December it will be the tenth anniversary of Sagan s death and Ann Druyan his widow and longtime collaborator will mark the occasion by releasing Sagan s famous Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology i The Varieties of Scientific Experience A Personal View of the Search for God i br br The chance to give the Gifford Lectures is an honor reserved for the most distinguished scientists and philosophers of our civilization In on the grand occasion of the centennial of the lectureship Carl Sagan was invited to give them He took the opportunity to set down in detail his thoughts on the relationship between religion and science as well as to describe his own personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos br br i The Varieties of Scientific Experience i edited updated and with an introduction by Ann Druyan is a bit like eavesdropping on a delightfully intimate conversation with the late great astronomer and astrophysicist In his charmingly down to earth voice Sagan easily discusses his views on topics ranging from manic depression and the possibly chemical nature of transcendance to creationism and so called intelligent design to the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets to the likelihood of nuclear annihilation of our own to a new concept of science as informed worship Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding he illuminates his explanations with examples from cosmology physics philosophy literature psychology cultural anthropology mythology theology and more Sagan s humorous wise and at times stunningly prophetic observations on some of the greatest mysteries of the cosmos have the invigorating effect of stimulating the intellect exciting the imagination and reawakening us to the grandeur of life in the cosmos, Cosmos has heavily illustrated chapters corresponding to the episodes of the Cosmos television series In the book Sagan explores billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization Cosmos traces the origins of knowledge and the scientific method mixing science and philosophy and speculates to the future of science The book also discusses the underlying premises of science by providing biographical anecdotes about many prominent scientists throughout history placing their contributions into the broader context of the development of modern science br br The book covers a broad range of topics comprising Sagan s reflections on anthropological cosmological biological historical and astronomical matters from antiquity to contemporary times Sagan reiterates his position on extraterrestrial life that the magnitude of the universe permits the existence of thousands of alien civilizations but no credible evidence exists to demonstrate that such life has ever visited earth, Cosmos the widely acclaimed book and television series by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan was about where we are in the vastness of space and time Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is an exploration of who we are How were we shaped by life s adventure on this planet by a mysterious past that we are only just beginning to piece together We humans are like a newborn baby left on a doorstep they write with no note explaining who it is where it came from what hereditary cargo of attributes and disabilities it might be carrying or who its antecedents might be This book is one version of the orphan s file Sagan and Druyan take us back to the birth of the Sun and its planets and the first stirrings of life to the origins of traits central to our current predicament sex and violence love and altruism hierarchy consciousness language technology and morality Many thoughtful people fear that our problems have become too big for us that we are for reasons at the heart of human nature unable to deal with them that we have lost our way How did we get into this mess How can we get out Why are we so quick to mistrust those different from ourselves so given to unquestioning obedience to authority What is male and female Why are we so anxious to distance ourselves from the other animals What obligations if any do we owe to them Is there something within us that condemns us to selfishness and violence When Sagan and Druyan first undertook this exploration it was almost with a sense of dread We found instead reason for hope This book presents important ideas with the clarity for which the authors are famous Daring passionate with a breathtaking sweep Shadows is a quest for a new perspective one that integrates the insights of science into a vision of where we came from who we are and what our fate might be, Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge br br Photos many in color