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  • Science as a Candle in the Dark
  • Written by: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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The Demon-Haunted World

Written by: Carl Sagan
Narrated by: Cary Elwes,Seth MacFarlane
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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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sobering, humorous and instructive

listened to it multiple times. each chapter stands on its own. you can pick any chapter and get a refresher or individualized story.

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Fantastic work by Carl

Fantastic work by Carl and more true today than ever before. Wonderful book, well done

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This was a good book.

I enjoyed the explanation of logical fallacies. The section on witch burning and how a similar mentality could arise again was interesting.

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How wonderful is humanity curiosity and science.

Carl Sagan's beautiful words to expose us the benefits of Science to humans, the book explains to us the importance of knowing the mechanisms of Science over its products. Science has provided wonderful gifts to us, and it is on us to not let ignorance and superstition guide our lives, it is on us to develop our critical thinking skills. This book is still current even after 30 years of being written. One of the most beautiful passages I like is when Carl Sagan declares his love relation with Science.

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should be required reading for everyone.

Carl Sagan was my childhood hero. He was a science communicator that made understanding very complicated ideas relatable and easy. Demon-Haunted World explains how critical thinking is absolutely essential to avoid being bamboozled, and to make everything from science, democracy, and day to day life, better.

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This should be required reading for everyone

Brilliantly written and read. It's an easy to understand book with crucial ideas and critical thinking techniques. Wish I had read this book when I was in high school. If you read/listen to one book this year/decade, this should be it.

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Skepticism, History, and Science

If this excellent book doesn't ignite your willingness to learn, question, and analyze, nothing will. Some elements are a little dated given the advent of the internet's availability, but the history and thought processes are more valuable than ever. An entertaining guide to sift through mediocre and menial information for beneficial and progressive thought.

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it's like it was written today

excellent. modern, even though it was written more than 25 years ago. Makes us understand how people act the way they act till this day.

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UFOs or UAPs are real, the gov confirmed it, they have videos from military craft. idk I'm surprised how little I'm enjoying this book. I don't know if I'll finish it.

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Book was great if a little over-elaborated...

I generally enjoyed this audio book but I found it very strange that the primary reader was very British given that Carl Sagan was an iconically American hero.

The book itself was good but it got a bit repetitive and long winded. it could have been compressed by about 40% and still have delivered the same story/information value.

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