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    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

    ©1996 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Humanism at its best

    A beautiful work of compassion, dire criticism of society, brilliant science communication. Full of hope and love for fellow humans and wonder of the universe.

    Carl Sagan was way ahead of its time. It shows on every page and reads beautifully. Thank you.

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    Contenu intéressant. Milite en faveur de l'ouverture d'esprit, et de l'esprit critique. Performance très agréable

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    • CuddyWifter
    • 27/01/2019

    Absolutely, one of my favorite books to date!

    Wow! Such a revealing book, especially for someone like myself that went through a highly religious and intolerant phase in my life based off my beliefs and the ideologies of the religion I followed. I recommend this book to anyone that is seeking the truth of the origins of humanity, and not in some fantastical way, but in a scientific way that can be and has been proved through modern discovery and time. What I love about this book is the way that Carl Sagan is able to demonstrate that we need that fine balance between openness and skepticism to discover truth. And being a skeptic on any scientific or religious matter is not a cause to rebuke or defame you, as some people would have. In the end, without science we would still be in the Dark Ages. Outstanding book from the great mind of the humble Carl Sagan.

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    • Dee Goulet
    • 09/12/2017

    Amazing

    Simply wonderful! Carl's work still holds up 20 + years later. A must read for students of any age!

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    • William Jenks
    • 25/07/2019

    Some good points, but not a great book

    First, some context. I am a university chemistry professor and I grew up watching Carl Sagan's Cosmos in high school, running around saying "billions and billions" as if it was both funny and profound. Moreover, pseudoscience drives me crazy. I *wanted* to like this book. I was hoping, at least in part, to see what Sagan had said some years ago could be applied in the age of social media, but of course I had no expectation of that being explicitly mentioned.

    Unfortunately, I found this book disappointing. Others have dwelt on the seemingly dated UFO issue, but I didn't see that as a major problem. However, it doesn't seem like it is a coherently written book. It feels more like a set of related lecturers that were edited to turn them into a book without enough emphasis on the editing.. It's repetitive in places and not really coherent from one topic to the next in others.

    A very good Audible Original of 2-3 hours length could be made from excerpts of this book. There are some very good and very important ideas here, and some good stories too. The book is not without merit. It's just not the level of content I expect from this icon of my youth and one of the great science communicators of his day.

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    • Amaze
    • 13/08/2020

    Shallow and unscientific

    The author takes the position that he knows everything about everything. For example, he blandly asserts that psychosis can be cured by a pill. No nuance: Just take the pill and, my psychotic friend, you'll be cured. This is dangerous nonsense. Along the same lines he attacks psychoanalysis as having no value. Where's the evidence pro or con? He simply makes the assertion, more than once, but no evidence is adduced. In fact, this supposedly pro-science book is completely free of supporting evidence for the author's numerous breezy assertions.

    Sagan seems to be completely oblivious to computer science, which is the science having the greatest impact on society at present. Admittedly, computer science is not a "natural" science like astronomy, but to ignore it is to ignore the elephant in the room.

    The author asserts that ordinary citizens must know about science or democracy and civilization are in peril. This assertion, unsubstantiated, is utter nonsense. In fact, science is divided into thousands of silos, and the scientists in one silo typically know next to nothing about the silos next door, let alone about the silos in other branches of science. If working Ph.D. scientists are ignorant of 99.999% of most current science, how are ordinary citizens supposed to keep up? And why should they?

    I'm satisfied if my auto mechanic can fix my car, my accountant can fix my tax return, and my dentist can fix my toothache. I'm perfectly content if they don't waste their time on black holes or quantum indeterminacy.

    This is a very shallow work by a very arrogant man. Don't waste your time on it.

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    • Rex Michael Dillon
    • 15/01/2018

    An Excellent Reminder to be a Skeptic

    if only this book was required reading for students in their junior year of high school. If only more to the extra step to think about why, we would be a better and more informed society.

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    • Ryan Porter
    • 17/08/2017

    The importance of rational skepticism.

    An amazing read, I wasn't sure what to expect coming in and found myself pleasantly surprised. although there is a rather large chunk of the book devoted to UFO'S the message of Sagan comes through very clear. And the narration brings energy to the book that could have just as easily become monotonous.

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    • Phillip Combest
    • 15/07/2017

    A peek into Carl Sagan's thinking ...

    Written for everyone this audiobook covers principles of human decency and advancement in general terms easily accessible to the non-scientist. It's timeless - written long ago but so germane to life in 2017. Loved this one.

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    • Alex
    • 24/10/2017

    Phenomenal

    If, 1000 years from now, this book is the only surviving record of human existence, I will not be content. I will be dead. However, if I were paradoxically still alive, I would be content.

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    • M. Nobles
    • 28/11/2017

    Carl Sagan is Astounding!

    This was the first book to which I've listened from Carl Sagan and it is amazing! I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Carl Sagan expounds at length on the virtues of skepticism and the scientific method and how it has brought the world out of extreme superstition and greatly elevated the overall status of humanity and implores humanity to maintain a strong dedication to education and learning of science and math in order to better humanity so that we don't fall back into the wretched ways of the past.

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    • Paul Patton
    • 04/07/2017

    A supremely important work

    I love Carl Sagan.
    I think this is perhaps his crowning achievement. The importance of sceptical thinking and detection of baloney is critical.

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    • Pieter Inghelram
    • 01/09/2019

    Good, but

    It's a good book, but I had wrong expectations. Instead of a heavy focus on science, big parts were dedicated to witch hunting, psychology and politics. As a Belgian some parts were less relevant for me (my country doesn't face the same issues that USA faced in the time of writing)

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    • Astrid Schwarz
    • 05/07/2020

    Der beste Populärwissrnschaftler seiner Zeit

    Carl Sagan hat mir in der 80ern die Augen für den Kosmos und die Erde mit ihren menschlichen Bewohnern und deren bunten Geschichte geöffnet und mich seitdem mit seinem profunden Wissen fasziniert - er war seitdem ein Vorbild für mich und ich habe alle seine Bücher.
    Dies war der letzte Titel, der mir noch fehlte und er hat mich nicht enttäuscht.
    Stimme ich mit jeder seiner Überlegungen überein? Nein, aber es ist schön über seine Überlegungen nachzudenken und ich weiß, dass ich nur wenig weiß, aber jeden Tag dazu lernen kann und will.

    RIP und danke!

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    • Presecan
    • 07/05/2022

    like every other Carl sagan book.... amazing!

    growing up without many means the books gave me a doorway to another world.... where you could do amazing experiments as a child and also learn to build stuff. now I'm a parent and this book gives me hope that one day i can give my daughter the things that i never had. like an mind-blowing experience in the planetarium or seeing dinosaur skeletons or the amazing pre Impressionism painters.

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    • Sparky Runner
    • 06/02/2022

    Why Americans are easily managed by the military.

    Had wondered manytimes why the American educational system was diffrent from state to state. Easily managed when the thinking is left for others.

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    • Rawani
    • 19/12/2021

    Text is fine, reader is not

    The author writes about an idealized version of science that to my knowledge does not exist - I'm a scientist - but it sure sounds nice. The book describes well how science should work. There are a lot of interesting anecdotes about pseudoscience and how and why they were created and upheld.
    The speaker intonates EVERY sentence as if it was the most important sentence in the book. Somebody should tell him to go down with his voice just once in a while. I find that tiring.

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    • Enyo
    • 27/06/2021

    So important for our times

    I love the book and it’s message, which I deem extremely important for being capable of dealing in a constructive way with the challenges of the World we call “Home”.

    I would have wished for the voice of the main reader to be a little less “monotonous” sounding, but the content is far too interesting to me personally to use that as an excuse to stop listening.

    We can all benefit from the wisdom and depth of insight Carl Sagan provided in this beautiful book.

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    • Meli
    • 29/08/2020

    It’s a must read!

    This is wonderful book on reason, truth, free thinking and discovery of the world. I wish more people would make time to read and understand it.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 23/08/2020

    Excelente uso de la historia para argumentar

    Disfruté mucho aprendiendo y recordando esos hechos en la historia lejana y reciente que señalan al pensamiento crítico dentro del método científico, así como la promoción de la educación, cómo la mejor herramienta hacia la libertad