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Read online The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark 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 by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
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Number of Pages:457
Category:Science, Non fiction, Philosophy, Religion, Skepticism
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Cosmos the widely acclaimed book and television series by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan was about where we are in the vastness of space and time Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is an exploration of who we are How were we shaped by life s adventure on this planet by a mysterious past that we are only just beginning to piece together We humans are like a newborn baby left on a doorstep they write with no note explaining who it is where it came from what hereditary cargo of attributes and disabilities it might be carrying or who its antecedents might be This book is one version of the orphan s file Sagan and Druyan take us back to the birth of the Sun and its planets and the first stirrings of life to the origins of traits central to our current predicament sex and violence love and altruism hierarchy consciousness language technology and morality Many thoughtful people fear that our problems have become too big for us that we are for reasons at the heart of human nature unable to deal with them that we have lost our way How did we get into this mess How can we get out Why are we so quick to mistrust those different from ourselves so given to unquestioning obedience to authority What is male and female Why are we so anxious to distance ourselves from the other animals What obligations if any do we owe to them Is there something within us that condemns us to selfishness and violence When Sagan and Druyan first undertook this exploration it was almost with a sense of dread We found instead reason for hope This book presents important ideas with the clarity for which the authors are famous Daring passionate with a breathtaking sweep Shadows is a quest for a new perspective one that integrates the insights of science into a vision of where we came from who we are and what our fate might be, In the final book of his astonishing career Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives our world and the universe around us These luminous entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century Here too is a rare private glimpse of Sagan s thoughts about love death and God as he struggled with fatal disease Ever forward looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity Billions amp Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day, In Carl Sagan published The Cosmic Connection a daring view of the universe which rapidly became a classic work of popular science and inspired a generation of scientists and enthusiasts This seminal work is reproduced here for a whole new generation to enjoy In Sagan s typically lucid and lyrical style he discusses many topics from astrophysics and solar system science to colonization terraforming and the search for extraterrestrials Sagan conveys his own excitement and wonder and relates the revelations of astronomy to the most profound human problems and concerns issues that are just as valid today as they were thirty years ago New to this edition are Freeman Dyson s comments on Sagan s vision and the importance of the work Ann Druyan s assessment of Sagan s cultural significance as a champion of science and David Morrison s discussion of the advances made since and what became of Sagan s predictions Who knows what wonders this third millennium will reveal but one thing is certain Carl Sagan played a unique role in preparing us for them, For centuries humanity has dreamed of life and intelligence beyond the Earth for decades scientists have searched for it in every corner of the sky for years Project Argus a vast sophisticated complex of radio telescopes has listened for a signal indicating the existence somewhere in the universe of extraterrestrial intelligence br br Then one afternoon the course of human history is changed abruptly and forever The Message awaited for so long it s very possibility doubted by so many arrives br br Contact has been made Life intelligence someone some i thing i beyond Earth light years away in the vicinity of the star Vega is calling beaming across space a wholly unexpected message to say that we are not have never been alone