The Demon Haunted World

From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the ...

The Demon Haunted World

The Demon Haunted World

A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “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 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. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “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

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The Demon-Haunted World
Language: un
Pages: 480
Authors: Carl Sagan
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-07-06 - Publisher: Ballantine Books

A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for
The Demon-haunted World
Language: un
Pages: 436
Authors: Carl Sagan
Categories: Literacy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher:

He convincingly debunks "alien abduction," "channelers," faith-healer fraud, the "face" on Mars, and much else. Along the way , he refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality or is just another arbitrary belief system, asks why scientific study is often stigmatized, discusses the dangers of the misuse of science, and
A Demon-Haunted Land
Language: un
Pages: 352
Authors: Monica Black
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-17 - Publisher: Metropolitan Books

A revelatory counterhistory of postwar Germany, not as a reborn democracy but as a nation convulsed by apocalyptic visions, witchcraft trials, and supernatural obsessions In the aftermath of World War II, a succession of mass supernatural events swept through war-torn Germany. A messianic faith healer rose to extraordinary fame, prayer
NAGPRA, Science, and the Demon-haunted World
Language: un
Pages: 5
Authors: Geoffrey A. Clark
Categories: Human remains (Archaeology)
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher:

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) has ramifications that extend far beyond how archaeology is conducted in the United States. It throws into sharp relief the conlict betrween science-like views of the world, and those of the various anti- and pseudo-science constitutencies arrayed against them.
Demon-haunted World
Language: un
Pages: 104
Authors: Kimberly A. Swartz
Categories: Human remains (Archaeology)
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher:

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