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. from a library! El mundo y sus demonios: la ciencia como una luz en la oscuridad. [Carl Sagan] Edition/Format: Print book: Spanish: 3. edView all editions and formats. Rating: Responsibility: Carl Sagan ; traducción de Dolors Udina. from a library! El mundo y sus demonios: la ciencia como una luz en la oscuridad. [Carl Sagan] Edition/Format: Print book: Spanish: 1a. edView all editions and formats. Rating: Responsibility: Carl Sagan ; traducción de Dolors Udina.
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Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. 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.
Paperbackpages. Published February 25th by Ballantine Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Demon-Haunted Worldplease sign up. Much praise lately for this year-old book but I’m having trouble with it. Not at all sure National Enquirer readers would read Sagan?
Also not interested in mocking them, they have their own problems. I’m not at all worried about alien abduction. David He neither mocks nor sets up straw men.
He responds to real criticisms with logical answers. He never said not to look for Big Foot. This isn’t a book …more He neither mocks nor sets up straw men. This isn’t a book to bring your feelings of attachment to unsubstantiated claims. So he writes a book mocking people who believe they or others have meet or been kidnapped by aliens.
What book did he write first? Michael your use of “mocking” tells the world more about you and less about Sagan. See all 4 questions about The Demon-Haunted World….
Lists with This Book. I sit before my computer, typing out a review of what is my favorite book. One of the great memories of my early life was that of waiting to plop down in front of t I sit before my computer, typing out a review of what is my favorite book. One of the great memories of my early life was that of waiting to plop down in front of the TV set for a few Sunday nights inas our PBS station aired a thirteen part series called Cosmos.
Accompanied at the TV by my mom and grandmother, Cosmos captured my imagination in ways that will last my whole life.
Why is the memory of a TV show so incredibly dear to me? What really makes the series so pivotal in my life, though, is that I shared such a formative experience with my mom and my grandmother; two people to whom I owe my life, my intelligence, and, hopefully without too much hyperbole, my essential spirit.
Science as a Candle in the Dark is the first work of Dr. Why re-read a book so often? Not only have I read it often, but I have made an irregularly observed tradition to start each new year with a fresh reading. In this book, Dr. Carl Sagan tackles one of the key problems facing our time, as well as repeated throughout the history of our civilization, and that is the propensity for humanity to delve into our darkest superstitions and most bleak behaviors when our knowledge or ego is challenged.
Why discuss witch burnings and crop circles and claims of government coverups of alien abductions from 50 years ago? The answer lies in the here and now.
Credulity and old habits creep into our consciousness. Our world, our freedoms, and our lives come under attack.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Go to the movies and watch ghosts haunt a house or watch demnios undead torment campers in the woods. But where on broadcast television are you likely to find a substantive debate on issues of education or technology? Where do you see educational programming talking about the technology that xarl our very lives? As Sagan points out, imagine the irony that kids can watch a cartoon about a prehistoric family with a dinosaur for a pet I actually protest I enjoyed the Flintstones!
At what cost to our freedoms, will we accept great claims without great proof? What decisions do we as a world culture need to make to grow and prosper and what can we learn from our history, replete with credulity and domination and fear mongering?
Should we shrink from the challenges of education and critical thinking, what price will we pay? Will it be our personal or national economic stability?
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
Or will we pay with the extinction of our species? The thesis as I understand it, of this book is that we, as a culture and society, may be repeating a common mistake of our history: Because of the threats we face though, this time we stand at these crossroads at possibly the least opportune of times. Throughout history, those in power or those who seek it, have abused our fears and used them to control the masses to their own advantage or profit.
This book begs to serve as a wake up call to anyone willing to accept the challenge not only to read it, but to deeply ponder each of its points and positions. It offers the methods of critical thought as the grand lighthouse by which we can safely steer our course through the treacherous times and malevolent forces we face.
I believe that this is a book of such enormous importance, that it should be required reading in every senior level high school class in the country. It may not be comfortable reading, and Dr. Sagan wrote on an astronomically high reading level forgive the pun, as Dr. Sagan was of course a world renown astronomer cral it may take weeks or ,undo to fully drink in the material, demohios the discussion that Dr. Sagan presented are vital. The arguments he presents are vital to our intellect, our freedom, and to our humanity.
For making me think and contemplate, reading after reading, this book scores five stars. View all 10 comments. View all 12 comments. Feb 22, Kevin Kelsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Always insightful, it seems that Sagan just wanted to watch the world learn. I should’ve read this at Honestly, this should probably be required high school reading for everyone. It illustrates clearly the many and varied personal and societal benefits gained from applying the methods kundo science to every corner of our thinking.
The methods are the important part, the findings are just icing on the cake. It covers the dangers of demlnios ideologies and the requirement for both objectivity an Always insightful, it seems that Sagan just wanted to watch the world learn.
It covers the dangers of unchecked ideologies and the requirement for both objectivity and wonder. Almost no topic is left unexamined. I really can’t recommend this book enough. View all 4 comments. Sep 19, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: I miss Carl Sagan. Ever since I was a kid, Carl Sagan has been the face of science umndo me.
I would watch Cosmos and feel a sense of amazement that the universe was as wonderful as demoniod was. He’d be there in his turtleneck and his blazer, smiling as though he’d just heard the coolest secret and he wanted to share it with you.
And he did, except that it wasn’t his secret. Hell, it wasn’t a secret at all – demoniox was the combined results of thousands of years of thoughts, deductions, mistakes, missteps, e I miss Carl Sagan. Hell, it wasn’t a secret at all – it was the combined results of thousands of years of thoughts, deductions, mistakes, missteps, experiments, accidents and achievements. Whether he was talking about the orbits of the planets or the genetics of peas, you could feel an almost palpable sense of wonder coming from him.
You’d listen to him and think, “Y’know, maybe we humans aren’t too bad after all Our knowledge has, perhaps, outpaced our morals, and we are only a few simple steps away from losing everything that we’ve demonnios. Our mastery of nuclear technology could wipe out civilization in a day. Our carelessness with industry could do the same remonios a century. His earnestness was clear, as was his disappointment.
It was in this latter mood, perhaps, that he wrote this book. Simply edwzrd looking at the title, one can glean his attitude not only towards science, but towards the world around it. When he looks at the world, he sees a place filled with demons – not literallyof course – the demons of irrationality, superstition and an unfortunate willingness on the part of people to believe in things that just aren’t so. This book is about the advocacy of skepticism and critical thinking.
In a world where people are obsessed with celebrity, where people trust their feelings over their observations, where rulers make decisions based on the predictions of astrologers, Sagan feels rather threatened.