The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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 How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don?t understand the differ...

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Title:The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Author:Carl Sagan
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Genres:Science
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:459 pages pages

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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 22, 2018
    Though a bit dated because of its original publication date in the late 90s (see this review for a few updates, the pleas for facts, scientific method, and science scholarship are timeless. I downloaded the audio because the narration duties are shared between Seth Macfarlane and Cary ...
  • David
    May 03, 2014
    This is a marvelous book about the consequences of a population being scientifically illiterate. There are numerous consequences, 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, ...
  • Trevor
    Dec 08, 2007
    Sagan has been a hero of mine since I saw Cosmos years and years ago. Now that was one of the truly great science documentaries and one that, on the subject of physics, has rarely been bettered. This is a supurb book. Many people say things like, "I've no idea how people without a b...
  • Sebastien
    Jan 24, 2017
    Wow. Just wow. This is one of the great paeans to science, logic, and critical thinking buttressed by philosophy and deep moral sensibility. This is the first book of Sagan's I've read, I was so impressed, wonderfully written, very accessible and easy to read. He is a scientist by trai...
  • John
    Jan 23, 2008
    My first Sagan book was Cosmos, which led me to this one. While Cosmos was good, this was great. It really opened my eyes to how important science is, and the underlying principles of science, and simultaneously how organized religion is virtually 100% philosophically opposed to scie...
  • Dan
    Jan 26, 2008
    I sit before my computer, typing out a review of what is my favorite book. I?m daunted by the magnitude of this task, having just finished the book for the fourth or maybe fifth time. I wish I could remember when I bought this book, likely close to a decade ago, but I?m sure that I...
  • Chris
    Sep 19, 2008
    I miss Carl Sagan. Ever 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 s...
  • Brad
    Nov 02, 2011
    If Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion is a nuclear bomb in the atheist arsenal, Carl Sagan's The Demon-haunted World is an anti-personnel mine. Where Dawkins goes for maximum destruction, piling the misery and mockery on those he's battling, Sagan doesn't even acknowledge his enemy. ...
  • Tyler
    Apr 18, 2008
    Sagan shows why learning to think in a contingent universe is ... well ... absolutely necessary. My reaction first reading the book was, "I've known for a long time that something's wrong. Now I know what." The discussions the author engages in in the book are eye-openers. I cannot ...
  • melydia
    Jun 24, 2008
    Have you ever read something that filled you with such furvor that you wanted to write your own thoughts along those same lines, but whenever you tried you found you did nothing but repeat the original article? That's been me all over the place with The Demon-Haunted World. I want t...
  • David
    Dec 10, 2008
    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 mi...
  • Lightreads
    Dec 28, 2008
    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 abducti...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Feb 06, 2018
    All of us of a certain age remember Carl Sagan and his fascinating television program Cosmos. He explained science in words that the layman could understand and he approaches this book in the same manner. His basic premise here is ?how can we make intelligent decisions about our incr...
  • Mitch
    Mar 23, 2011
    I was very disappointed in this book. I seriously don't understand why people consistantly rated this book so highly. I'm really out of synch on this one...and here's why: Carl obviously had an ongoing religious relationship with science and boy, is he ever tiresome about it. What a...
  • Bradley
    Dec 18, 2018
    Ever read one of those books you SWEAR you've read before. Nonfiction? Where every single point seems to have been made elsewhere? Well, that's where this book went with me. From witch trials to alien abductions to conspiracy theories and a lot more, Sagan extols us to bring rationa...
  • Melki
    Aug 09, 2016
    . . . every question is a cry to understand the world. In a nutshell, Sagan valiantly attempts to understand why people believe weird stuff, then explains why they shouldn't. I particularly enjoyed the several excellent chapters on the importance of literacy and education. There's...
  • Erin
    Jul 11, 2012
    I hesitated to mark this as "Read" because I couldn't actually get through the whole thing. I was SO excited to read this book: I was under the impression that Sagan systematically explained in reasonable and scientific terms some of the myths and phenomena present in Western culture, ...
  • Daniel Bastian
    Nov 29, 2011
    ?We?ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but ...
  • Mark
    Sep 29, 2011
    Every human should read this book. ...
  • Ross Blocher
    Oct 25, 2017
    I don't feel hyperbolic saying this is one of the best and most important books ever written. I can only kick myself for having left it on the shelf so many years. In his characteristic congenial, non-threatening, well-studied, literate and abundantly clear way, Carl Sagan explains the...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    Feb 22, 2015
    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 required high school reading for everyone. It illustrates clearly the many and varied personal and societal benefits gained from applying the meth...
  • Jason
    Mar 12, 2015
    If Carl Sagan was alive today I think he would probably cry if he saw the state of the world. He wrote this book as a kind of wake up call to the people and the government, he pointed out how bad the education system is, he tries to get people to understand how important science is, he...
  • Roy Lotz
    Jun 08, 2013
    I?m not sure what potential audience Sagan had in mind for this book, and I?m doubly unsure if I?m in it. I doubt you will be sure, either; and this tension is one that runs through the whole of the book. Perhaps this is unavoidable. For, when a popular scientist writes a book, h...
  • Steve Wiggins
    Apr 27, 2018
    After reading a credulous book about demons, I turned to a scientific one. Carl Sagan was one of the most gifted science writers of his day. This is an enjoyable collection of what might be better termed essays than a long disquisition. Sagan has offered here a strong case for not only...
  • May 舞
    Jan 30, 2019
    As expected, this book was very interesting, insightful, and relevant to our world today. I felt Sagan's passion emanating from the pages, and it has given me even an even greater motivation to pursue the goal I've been chasing for the past 3 years, which is to be educated, willing to ...
  • Greg Brozeit
    Dec 12, 2013
    I consider this book to be among the most important in my library. Carl Sagan wrote it when he knew he was dying of cancer. He had an unmatched gift of conveying and explaining science to make it understandable and relevant to non-scientists. For that reason alone, it is not far-fetche...
  • Joy D
    Dec 01, 2018
    Carl Sagan takes on pseudoscience. This book extolls the value of skepticism, critical thinking, and the scientific method. It should be required reading in my opinion. Unfortunately, those that could benefit most from applying more rigor in deciding what to believe will likely never r...
  • Maria
    May 02, 2018
    This is a wonderful, important and scary book that has not aged much at all. I was made aware of its existence in a rather unconventional way: through a video game called The Witness. In The Witness, you explore an unreal and mysterious island, solving maze puzzles that gets more a...
  • Michael Jandrok
    Jul 05, 2019
    So if we take the Wayback Machine to the year 1995, you will find me out of college, working as an operations manager in retail despite my lofty aspirations to anthropology and later, nursing, as career choices. But I had a family to support, and the money was good even if the hours re...
  • Fran
    Dec 10, 2017
    This book is a favorite of mine. It?s non-fiction. It?s very full of science and scientific principles and explanations. It?s also full of respect for those who want to understand the world better. And that is Carl Sagan for you in a nutshell: A caring person, a scientist who thr...