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The Demon-Haunted World : Science as a Candle in the Dark - Carl Sagan

The Demon-Haunted World

Science as a Candle in the Dark

Paperback Published: February 1997
ISBN: 9780345409461
Number Of Pages: 457

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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.

About the Author

Carl Sagan, perhaps the best known scientist of our time, is the author of Cosmos, the bestselling science book ever and the basis for his award winning television series. A Pulitzer Prize winner, he received the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences. Pale Blue Dot and The Demon-Haunted World are available from Brilliance Audio.

Industry Reviews

"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 "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

A book every person with critical thinking should read


A deep understanding on how the scientific method is our most important tool to understand and discover our amazing universe, and also how skepticism is our way of not being satisfied with lack of evidence.

Perth WA


Best book ever


Great book. Should be read by everybody who could read



Important read


Very interesting way to look at the world and the questions asked in it open up a whole world. Can be a tiny bit convoluted at times, but very important read in this time of returning mysticism.

Sydney Australia


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ISBN: 9780345409461
ISBN-10: 0345409469
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 457
Published: February 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.386

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