The Demon Haunted World

The Demon Haunted World
Publisher Ballantine Books
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Category Science
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9780307801043
Rating 4/5 from 2032 reviews
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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

The Demon Haunted World
  • Author : Carl Sagan
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2011-07-06

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

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The Demon haunted World
  • Author : Carl Sagan,Ann Druyan
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1997

Reveals the dangers associated with widespread scientific ignorance, and explains how scientific thought has served to overcome prejudice and hysteria

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Einstein  History  And Other Passions
  • Author : Gerald Holton
  • Publisher : Perseus Books
  • Release Date : 1996-05-07

Gerald Holton uses the life and work of our century's greatest scientist to warn against today's gathering Romantic rebellion, one in which science is blamed for all our social ills, and in which reason is being replaced by New Age ”ways of knowing.” Through his rich exploration of Einstein's thought,

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A Demon Haunted Land
  • Author : Monica Black
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2020-11-17

A revelatory counterhistory of postwar Germany, not as a reborn democracy but as a nation convulsed by apocalyptic visions, witchcraft trials, and supernatural obsessions In the aftermath of World War II, a succession of mass supernatural events swept through war-torn Germany. A messianic faith healer rose to extraordinary fame, prayer

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Billions   Billions
  • Author : Carl Sagan
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2011-07-06

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
  • Author : Carl Sagan,Ann Druyan
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2011-07-06

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Exciting and provocative . . . A tour de force of a book that begs to be seen as well as to be read.”—The Washington Post Book World World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a Roots for the human species, a lucid and riveting

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The Varieties of Scientific Experience
  • Author : Carl Sagan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006

Sagan sets down his detailed thoughts on the relationship between religion and science and describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. In 1985, Sagan was invited to give the famous Gifford Lectures i

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Other Worlds
  • Author : Carl Sagan
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1975

Read online Other Worlds written by Carl Sagan, published by which was released on 1975. Download full Other Worlds Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Not a Scientist  How Politicians Mistake  Misrepresent  and Utterly Mangle Science
  • Author : Dave Levitan
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2017-01-17

An eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress. The Butter-Up and Undercut. The Certain Uncertainty. The Straight-Up Fabrication. Dave Levitan dismantles all of these deceptive arguments, and many more, in this probing and hilarious examination of the ways our elected officials attack scientific findings that conflict with

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No Sacred Cows
  • Author : David G. McAfee,Yvette d'Entremont
  • Publisher : Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
  • Release Date : 2017-08-22

While belief in religious supernatural claims is waning throughout the West, evidence suggests belief in nonreligious supernatural claims is on the rise. What explains this contradiction? How can a society with a falling belief in God have a rising belief in ghosts, psychic powers, ancient astronauts, and other supernatural or

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Cosmos  Possible Worlds
  • Author : Ann Druyan
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2020-02-25

This sequel to Carl Sagan's blockbuster continues the electrifying journey through space and time, connecting with worlds billions of miles away and envisioning a future of science tempered with wisdom. Based on National Geographic's internationally-renowned television series, this groundbreaking and visually stunning book explores how science and civilization grew up

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How to Invent Everything
  • Author : Ryan North
  • Publisher : Virgin Books
  • Release Date : 2018-09-20

'How to Invent Everythingis such a cool book' -- Randall Munroe Get ready to make history better... on the second try. Imagine you are stranded in the past (your time machine has broken) and the only way home is to rebuild civilization yourself. But you need to do it better

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Cosmos
  • Author : Carl Sagan
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2013

Presents an illustrated guide to the universe and to Earth's relationship to it, moving from theories of creation to humankind's discovery of the cosmos, to general relativity, to space missions, and beyond.

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Demons from the Haunted World
  • Author : Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
  • Publisher : Creation Books
  • Release Date : 2016-04-15

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, a student of ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi, showed a predilection towards two types of subject in his early work: exceptionally bloody musha-e ("warror prints"), and supernatural images of demons and ghosts. Yoshitoshi maintained an interest in depicting the haunted realm of Japanese myth right up until his last

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Unweaving the Rainbow
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2000-04-05

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Science in the Soul. “If any recent writing about science is poetic, it is this” (The Wall Street Journal). Did Sir Isaac Newton “unweave the rainbow” by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as John Keats contended? Did he, in other words,

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