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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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    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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    Jeremy 06-15-17
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    "great book! "

    well worth it to buy. still completely relevant in 2017. carl sagan was a super sharp guy.

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    Dogsbollux 06-19-17
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    "Wake up and smell the roses!"

    Another masterpiece from Sagan. Gets you thinking especially within the current political / social climate in the US. Alot to be learnt here!

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