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Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvelous 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 channeling; refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious, and other issues. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Eminent Cornell astronomer and bestselling author Sagan debunks the paranormal and the unexplained in a study that will reassure hardcore skeptics but may leave others unsatisfied. To him, purported UFO encounters and alien abductions are products of gullibility, hallucination, misidentification, hoax and therapists' pressure; some alleged encounters, he suggests, may screen memories of sexual abuse. He labels as hoaxes the crop circles, complex pictograms that appear in southern England's wheat and barley fields, and he dismisses as a natural formation the Sphinx-like humanoid face incised on a mesa on Mars, first photographed by a Viking orbiter spacecraft in 1976 and considered by some scientists to be the engineered artifact of an alien civilization. In a passionate plea for scientific literacy, Sagan deftly debunks the myth of Atlantis, Filipino psychic surgeons and mediums such as J.Z. Knight, who claims to be in touch with a 35,000-year-old entity called Ramtha. He also brands as superstition ghosts, angels, fairies, demons, astrology, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and religious apparitions.
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A fantastic book, well written but it might be a bit light for a dyed-in-the-wool sceptic, because most of it is a little obvious - such as ghosts and psychic powers aren't real... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The QueenBean
At one point, I might have said that every skeptic should read this book. That statement would have been wrong. Every person should read this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Trudel
AMAZING BOOK BY CARL SAGAN. ENCOURAGES SCIENTIFIC WAY OF THINKING !!Published 3 months ago by champinn
Yes, and here it's Sagan holding that candle. Much more: it's recognition and debunking of pseudoscience, a well-reasoned defense of reason, and hope. A must read for all of us.Published 9 months ago by PH