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The Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark mobi ✓ Paperback Á moneyexpresscard Ä 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 hypoY to the pursuit of truth but to the very well being of our democratic institutionsCasting 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 pseudosc Hey so guess what? People who read the Weekly World News are stupid but scientists are awesome Did you know that?I just put this book down 175 pages in It's not that I disagree with the thesis because I actually don't at all Sagan uses the widespread belief in alien abductions to talk about the need for critical thinking in this world And I'm totally there yes for the love of God teach people to distinguish between fact and what they want to be fact But Sagan goes on and on and on about the evils of unexamined credulity and how so much of what we believe is contextually determined and not logically deduced and then he turns around and says 'therefore empiricism is the only truth' And then completely fails to deal with the indeterminacy problem all the ways empiricism is also an ordinal choice not some universal baseline against which to measure all intellectual thought I mean I'm as much a fan of the scientific method as the next well educated dabbler but I'm rendered irretrievably cranky by a guy touting the holy purity of his truth mechanisms when his argument basically boils down to the scientific method works I've tested it With the scientific method And never stops to wonder about his contextual determinantsActually that would be okay if I could discern a point Sagan waxes on and on and on about why people come to believe they were abducted why other people believe them where such mass dilusions historically might come from And it's written in this snotty now you see the error of your ways tone when you know I sort of suspect the Weekly World News readership is not also snapping up this book That and Sagan was a much better astrochemist than a psychologist or historianMeh

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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 onl I miss Carl SaganEver since I was a kid Carl Sagan has been the face of science for me I would watch Cosmos and feel a sense of amazement that the universe was as wonderful as it 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 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 allThen the smile would fade his eyes would get serious and he would explain how for all our achievements as a species humans were still terribly fallible creatures Our knowledge has perhaps outpaced our morals and we are only a few simple steps away from losing everything that we've gained Our mastery of nuclear technology could wipe out civilization in a day Our carelessness with industry could do the same in a century His earnestness was clear as was his disappointmentIt was in this latter mood perhaps that he wrote this book Simply by 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 literally of course the demons of irrationality superstition and an unfortunate willingness on the part of people to believe in things that just aren't soThis 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 threatenedI can certainly understand whyIt still angers me that now in the 21st century we are still arguing about evolution over creationism It amazes me that newspapers even print horoscopes to say nothing of the fact that there are people who take them seriously It horrifies me that evil men are still able to use fear and superstition to convince people that they should kill in the name of God And it saddens me that so many people have given control of their lives over to a deity rather than taking responsibility for it themselvesSagan's premise in this book is simple knowledge is better than ignorance Full stop Whether it's witches intelligent design UFO abduction or anything else it is always better to find the truth rather than to rest comfortably in a lie The truth is hard yes and it may feel better to stay wrapped up in our illusions but no matter how comfortable they are they're still illusions Still liesHe spends a lot of time on UFOs and abductees actually and uses that as a bridge into other areas of skeptical inuiry This is because UFO abductees and the legions of enablers who encourage them psychologists writers newspapers and conspiracy nuts exhibit the same behavior that allows unreason to flourish an unwillingness or ina

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The Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the DarkIence is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction channeling past lives and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect As Sagan demonstrates with lucid elouence the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms The Demon Haunted World is the 4th Carl Sagan 1934 1996 book that I've read There is no doubt this astronomer can write Sagan with this book has shifted from his usual topic of astronomy and astrophysics to lecturing the reader against pseudoscience superstition and some theological teachingsSagan successfully debunks the pseudoscience beliefs such as ufology with well presented arguments sometimes over elaborated as these observers or believers never demonstrate clear evidence for their extraterrestrial visitors or abductors Sagan advises that skepticism that is usually not taught in schools should be applied when hearing such storiesSome people that suffer from hallucinations or are prone to deceit convince themselves they saw human like faces temples and religious symbols in the sky on the moon or on other planets In fact they are consciously or subconsciously searching for physical evidence and signs to support their beliefs or are gullible enough to believe or this is a result of their illness in the existence of a supernatural event At times like these our rationality should takeover to distinguish truth from falsity We have to be aware of our human fallibility therefore when witnessing and hearing about such occurrences we should employ a constructive evaluation of that eventWe are advised to think scientifically following the scientific method and to only believe in verified science data confirmed by experiments Along with that we must not lose our capacity for critical thinking Sagan recommends using his baloney detection kit to expose the falseness of such ideas and beliefsThe book does not clearly introduce what this scientific doctrine or manifesto would look like or should one exist at all? Also science and occasionally some morally ambiguous scientist do not have the best reputation For many of us it is not clear if some scientific achievements such as the process and development of nuclear weapons are of a benefit or danger to our society and existence? On the other hand for many of us it would be difficult to find consolation and purpose in this atheistic sounding universeThe last uarter of the book discusses in a rather displeasing and concerning tone the US education system and the lack of funding for science and research projects which gave a political connotation to these last couple of chapters All in all this book is written for the general reader and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about pseudoscienceSagan's love for science is clear and this book is like his personal statement I have to say I agree with his arguments On the other hand it's perhaps our ability of imagination and fantasizing not critical and rational thinking what intellectually separates us from other living beings? Which in return could be an essential capability behind human scientific achievements Therefore pseudoscience could be viewed as an expected side effect of science Perhaps you can't have one without the other