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Demon-Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark

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ISBN-10: 0345409469

ISBN-13: 9780345409461

Edition: 1997

Authors: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

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"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. "COMPELLING." *USA Today "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." *The Sciences "PASSIONATE." *San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

Preface: My Teachers
The Most Precious Thing
Science and Hope
The Man in the Moon and the Face on Mars
Aliens
Spoofing and Secrecy
Hallucinations
The Demon-Haunted World
On the Distinction Between True and False Visions
Therapy
The Dragon in My Garage
The City of Grief
The Fine Art of Baloney Detection
Obsessed with Reality
Antiscience
Newton's Sleep
When Scientists Know Sin
The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder
The Wind Makes Dust
No Such Thing as a Dumb Question
House on Fire
The Path to Freedom
Significance Junkies
Maxwell and the Nerds
Science and Witchcraft
Real Patriots Ask Questions
Acknowledgments
References
Index