- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 25 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345409469
- ISBN-13: 978-0345409461
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 233 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Paperback – Feb 25 1997
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While he touches on various sorts of pseudoscience and antiscience, including repressed memories of all sorts, creationism, belief in miracles and, to his credit, the claims of tobacco companies that cigarettes have not been shown to be harmful, Mr. Sagan's primary target is the widespread belief in alien abductions . . . he is seldom wrong . . . [and] he always writes clearly. -- The New York Times Book Review, James Gorman
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ious 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, di
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Sagan had a gentler but frame preach to science. Unlike many other public scientists and atheists, he was not mean spirited or vicious towards his opponents. He works to teach the reader how the beauty and truth of science as an alternative to superstition.
Carl Sagan, the well known personality that he was in the field of astrophysics, could have provided more information and insights in other areas as well.
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