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The Demon-Haunted World Audiobook

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

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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.

Introductory music from the original score for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.

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

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    "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 07-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    Frenand 07-06-17
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    "Question yourself "

    Timeless. Some of the topics might seem dated, but the essence shall always be valid.

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    Paul Patton 07-04-17
    Paul Patton 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    Chris 06-16-17
    Chris 06-16-17 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent skeptical primer"

    have waited a long time for this to come out on audio. it didn't disappoint.

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    "amazing performance by Cary Elwes! Content meh"

    Narration is some of the finest and the only thing that kept my attention start to finish. Not Carl Sagans best work in the later parts of his career. Repetitive message that could've been summed up much more consisely (e.g - yes we get it UFOs are pseudo science and can be explained rationally to discredit the witnesses dozens of ways)!

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    Marianne Paradiso Redding, CT United States 11-14-17
    Marianne Paradiso Redding, CT United States 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent primer on thinking scientifically"

    maybe more relevant today than when it was written. should be required reading. if more people understood the scientific thought process there would be less susceptibility to fake news and con artists.

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    "Carl Sagan makes you think"

    Dr. Sagan explores so many interesting topics and gives me lots to think about. I wish he was still with us because I would love to hear his views on this crazy world! This was very well narrated and produced. Would recommend to anyone who likes to read/listen to science and Neil DeGrasse Tyson (also a great speaker).

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    "fascinating"

    .. It's Carl Sagan, people!!!!!!!!
    What other comment do you need!?
    (Except that review requires fifteen words)

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    Logan K. 11-05-17
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    "Should be required reading."

    This book was fantastic, and contained a plethora of moving insites on the beauty and value of science, skepticism, and critical thinking. I honestly think it should be required reading for high school.

    Cary Elwes did a fine job in his narration, but a British narrator feels out of place reading Sagan's words. He does a fine job reading clearly, but occasionally it feels like he is struggling with the material. All in all is say any problems are just nitpicking.

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    "A light not dimmed"

    Excellent audio book of a great book from the much missed Carl Sagan. You must own this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "The Demon-Haunted World"

    Logical imperatives and factualities of life. Flowing, sensible and somewhat creepy at time's. Extremely interesting and a definitive answer to avoiding chills.

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/7/17
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    "A Classic"

    Just listen/read it. One of the best popular science books I have listened to/read. Still relevant today. Not a heavy going listen but kept me interested until the end.

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  • Mark
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    "Wish I read this years ago!"

    I've read many books and heard many talks that have referenced Carl Sagan, and now I know why he is so revered. A brilliant book to assist with rational thinking.

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  • Ben
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    "Great listen"

    Was great to listen to a Carl Sagan classic. The speakers narrated the book very well.

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