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Kindle ☆ The Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark á Carl Sagan 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 Always insightful it seems that Sagan just wanted to watch the world learn I should've read this at 14 Honestly this should probably be reuired high school reading for everyone It illustrates clearly the many and varied personal and societal benefits gained from applying the methods of 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 unchecked ideologies and the reuirement for both objectivity and wonder Almost no topic is left unexamined I really can't recommend this book enough

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Download Reader Á The Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark 459 pages ☆ Carl sagan ´ 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 testa Y 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 This is a marvelous book about the conseuences of a population being scientifically illiterate There are numerous conseuences all of them bad Most notably the growth of superstitious beliefs can lead to terrifying witch hunts that grow and grow leaving a broad trail of torture execution mass hysteria and paranoia Interestingly Carl Sagan holds up science and democracy as mutually supporting concepts He cites Frederick Douglass Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as examples of literacy and science literacy in particular for supporting democracy This concept is developed further by Timothy Ferris' excellent book The Science of Liberty Democracy Reason and the Laws of NatureSagan spends a lot of time explaining the reported sightings of UFO's and aliens I particularly enjoyed this passage Occasionally I get a letter from someone who is in 'contact' with extraterrestrials I am invited to 'ask them anytheng' And so over the years I've prepared a little list of uestions The extraterrestrials are very advanced remember So I ask things like 'Please provide a short proof of Fermat's Last Theorem' I never get an answer On the other hand if I ask something like 'Should we be good?' I almost always get an answerSagan also uotes many of the letters that he received some hilarious and others uite sad For example a tenth grader wrote Our society is doing just fine with what discoveries we are making It's going slowly but the cure for cancer is coming right along A parent wrote The problem in science education is that God isn't sufficently honored Concerning UFO's I'm going to lobby my Representative to try to cancel funds for this program of listening for alien signals from space because it would be a waste of money They're already among usSagan has some interesting approaches for making science interesting He claims that since many kids are interested in sports there is a wealth of science concepts to teach related to sports Probability winning streaks ballistics angular momentum and center of mass are all useful concepts Even though this book was published eighteen years ago it is just as relevant today as when it was written In fact the growth of pseudo science is still rampant and scary thinking about anti vaccine campaigns climate change deniers exorcism astrology ESP and anti environmentalism Sagan is famous for popularizing science but he writes that it isn't an easy task For example a deep understanding of uantum mechanics really does reuire about 15 years of study of mathematics and physics and uantum theory is so resolutely counterintuitive But an esoteric religion may reuire a similar degree of study before acuiring a deep understanding So how are religions any different from uantum mechanics when they are both eually mysterious? The first difference Sagan explains is that uantum theory works; it makes extremely accurate predictions that can be observed and measured The second difference is that religions are infallible and rely on faith while science advances and relies on experience it never stands still

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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 Full disclosure here I did not finish this book; I made the decision to stop reading it after around 100 pages I kept expecting the science to start at any page but I got tired of reading accusations that the Weekly World News and Beavis and Butt Head are sources of ignorance and misunderstanding I won't argue that either of these are intellectual but at best these are forms of entertainment and that is largely a product of taste not intellect I couldn't risk wasting my time reading another 100 pages of of the sameThe last time I thought that WWN might be reporting real news I was maybe 11 although I did buy their Saddam and Bin Laden wedding spectacular issue but only for the pictures If an adult thinks that stories in the paper are real their problems will not be solved by not having access to WWN If he had instead criticized the Discovery Channel for their UFO coverage he'd have a point They are at least giving a pretense of showing knowledge based programming As it stands it's like citing The Colbert Report as a source of vile right wing hate It completely misses the pointAs for Beavis and Butt Head sure it is stupid humor but just because it is not Sagan's brand of humor doesn't mean that watching it causes stupidity and merely accusing it of causing stupidity is a pretty unscientific method of demonstration Not only does Sagan admit that he has never even watched the show but he does so proudly This strikes me as an arrogant attempt at justifying his own taste as a sign of mental superiority while cutting down other tastes Mike Judge's subseuent works have even been uite clever Sagan might have even enjoyed Idiocracy and considered it a poignant criticism of the very dumbing down of society that his book is supposed to be aboutSagan was a big marijuana advocate and as such marijuana is absent from his list of criticisms I am not saying that it causes dumbing down there certainly are smart people who use it responsibly but there is also a common stereotype associated with it I think most of us know of the stereotype pothead than the intellectual type I am surprised Sagan was not able to look at his own experiences with this past time and how they differ from the stereotypes and apply that to other issuesIf this book had dived right into scientific examinations of ghosts and UFOs I would have absolutely finished it 100 pages may not have been the whole book but it was far too many pages dedicated to something that was not Science as a candle in the demon haunted world for my taste