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Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark | Carl Sagan
"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"POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing."; *The Washington Post Book WorldHow 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."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
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micamaldita
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Reading this next because I hope to read more non-fiction for the upcoming year.

BestDogDad One of my all-time favorites. Carl is missed. 3w
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Bookwomble
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[Quote not by Sagan, but I'm pretty sure he'd agree.]

GingerAntics Yes to all of this!!! 3w
BestDogDad This is awesome! 👍🏼 3w
Weaponxgirl Yes! 3w
Weaponxgirl But I will admit to once arguing in my head with an article saying that research says You can‘t catch up on sleep. My shift working tired ass body that sometimes makes me pass out for 14 hours at a time when I‘ve been running on 4 hours sleep for 3 11 hour shifts in a row would like to be included in one of these studies please. 3w
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Bookwomble
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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we‘ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We‘re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It‘s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we‘ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

GingerAntics That last sentence terrifies me, pretty much because I see it all around me constantly. 3w
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TheSpineView
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4thhouseontheleft Interesting title. 👏 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I thought I‘d try something a bit different for the #ChillingPhotoChallenge. Pick books I own in some format to answer each of the prompts....let‘s see how far I can get with that as my guide.

Up first: Haunted
Status: languishing in my TBR audio pile, I really should listen to it soon!

#Scarathlon
#TeamStoker @TheReadingMermaid

And if I‘ve read correctly, 1 pt

TheReadingMermaid You got it Toyota!!! 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
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valeriegeary
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"I'm not superstitious, I'm just a little stitious." --Michael Scott

I like superstitions. I like science. I think the world is big enough for the two to coexist. I am a believer and a skeptic. It is possible to be both. Sidenote: this book is great.

#octoberxfiles #superstitions
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

Robothugs I am definitely like you with this 1y
bookcollecter Love this book. 1y
Cinfhen #TRUTH and now I‘m curious about this book #stacked 1y
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TK-421
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“At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes--an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.” #Skeptic #QuotsyOct18

Meghagrawal True. 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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“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.” Sounds like a #monstermash of pseudoscience to me! (Recently purchased, still TBR.)

#octoberxfiles

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have this on my TBR pile too! We need to plan a 2019 monthly TBR pile book buddy read. LOL 1y
Robothugs It sounds good! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Ok, I sent you a basic email with my email address if you want to delete yours from Litsy. 1y
valeriegeary I loved this book!! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @valeriegeary Oh great—glad to have your endorsement! 1y
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Andno.86
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ReadingEnvy
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Original pub in the 90s, 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 Elwes.

Sagan takes on many issues of pseudoscience, at times directly debunking, at other times suggesting the logical questions to ask that might lead to better conclusions. Alien abductions, UFOs, crop circles, fairies, etc.

#scienceseptember

Cathythoughts Sounds great ! Stacked 1y
valeriegeary I loved this one! 1y
SimplyShelia Have this one on my Kindle, I had forgotten about it. 1y
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speljamr
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This quote is feeling very relevant in today's United States.

DGRachel 😭 1y
taraWritesSci I read it again last year and my heart just hurt. I wish we had him still to help us out of this awful rut. He had a gift for getting people to listen. 1y
2BR02B "No one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues." POTUS in a nutshell. 1y
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mrsmarch 😳 1y
LeticiaToraci This dumbing down is happening in other countries too ☹️ 13mo
LeticiaToraci And an ignorant population can't vote well. 13mo
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saresmoore 😂 I think I solved this when I decided it probably wasn‘t worth it to have friends, after all. 2y
Bookwomble @saresmoore I've learnt with certain friends to bite my tongue at least some of the time! 😊 2y
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Spyderkl
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This is the book that introduced me to the world of critical thinking. The chapter about Dr Sagan‘s “bullshit detector kit” is worth reading alone.

Jess7 Welcome to Litsy ! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos - they‘re great for new Littens! #LitsyWelcomeWagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Spyderkl Thank you! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy 🙌🏻🎊🎉 2y
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jlondon1963
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Science should be nurtured and healthy skepticism is important. Where I disagree with Mr Sagan is there are still many things people believe in that wether it is religiously based, supernatural or theories we just have not found the science or the proof. In the area of life forms outside our own I for one believe that we our not the only life forms out there. If anything it is a thought provoking if only your own beliefs.

speljamr One of my favorite books! 2y
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There will never be another like Carl Sagan, and this is one of his best. #🔬 #emojimadness @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

PenguinInFlight I absolutely LOVE Carl Sagan. 😍🙌🏻 2y
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jdtchicago

The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us vs. Them — the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you're sensible, you'll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you. This is nonconstructive. It does not get our message across. It condemns us to permanent minority status.

DrexEdit I have this book on my shelf; given to me by my dad. Time for a reread. 2y
JoeStalksBeck Love Sagan! 2y
Itsmehere Read this book last year.. Loved it.. 2y
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suvata
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This book totally satisfied my Carl Sagan appetite.

RealBooks4ever Unfortunately, my library doesn't have this audiobook! ☹️I so wanted to listen to it! 2y
suvata I listened to it as well. The audiobook is the way to go with this one. 2y
ReadingEnvy Look @JeffKoeppen you gave suvata reading envy!! 2y
suvata @ReadingEnvy 😂😂😂 2y
BestDogDad @ReadingEnvy That's great! I'm so glad you liked it, @suvata! A great mind like Carl Sagan can make science and reason fun and interesting! 2y
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The audiobook is awesome. It's narrated by Cary Elwes, who will always be Westley the Stable Boy to me! I could listen to him read the phone book and be happy. 😊

RealBooks4ever Oh, now you've definitely talked me into reading/listening to this! 😆💜 2y
suvata @RealBooks4ever I find is voice to be so soothing. Hope you enjoy it. 2y
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suvata
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RealBooks4ever Wow.☹️ 2y
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suvata
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Just finished listening to @ReadingEnvy 093: Spewing Science. After listening to @JeffKoeppen talk about Carl Sagan I had to download and start listening to this immediately. I should be sleeping. 😴

ReadingEnvy I am really interested in it too! (and thanks for listening) 2y
suvata @ReadingEnvy And, thank you for such a great podcast. Never miss an episode. 2y
BestDogDad Great! I hope you like it! 2y
suvata @JeffKoeppen I am over halfway done and I am truly enjoying it. Great recommendation. 2y
BestDogDad @suvata That's great to hear! 2y
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SimplyShelia
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So I saw this on Facebook and of course decided I must read this soon. I'm not sure why I haven't already came across this one before. Anyway, not much damage done $4.99 for the Kindle version. Must. Stop. Buying. Books. Who am I kidding? I'm gonna scroll Litsy for books to add to my already massive TBR...

becausetrains I'm not sure I fully agree with that paragraph (coming from an avocado-holding Millennial 😂) but there's enough to Sagan's statement that I think I should read it. You might also want to critically read 2y
SimplyShelia @becausetrains I'm not sure I fully agree with the entire paragraph myself, (I also love avocados, but am a Gen-Xer 😎). I do think Sagan brings up some interesting points, even if I find the statement as a whole a bit incomplete, (if that's the appropriate word here). Also, thanks for the recommendation! 2y
becausetrains @Shelia welcome! Otto isn't perfect either, but it's at least more up to date. (And I learned my critical thinking from my GenXer sister ☺️) 2y
SimplyShelia @becausetrains We all have plenty to learn and plenty to teach. Sisters are awesome, mine taught me a great deal before I even started school, (she likes to remind me of this fact 😁) 2y
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BestDogDad
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Sagan was excellent at explaining the wonders of science to the masses. Some parts of this book are now a bit dated since in some chapters he uses data from the 80s and 90s; after all, it was written in the mid-90s, but it is still my favorite read / listen. To listen to this was a joy, with Cary Elwes reading most of the story, and Seth MacFarlane reading a few chapters as well. Ann Druyan read the introduction. Great, great narration.

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BestDogDad
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A Candle in the Dark.

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BestDogDad
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So many great quotes in this book. Words I live by.

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BestDogDad
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My favorite book, just released in audiobook form with narration by Carl's widow, Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, and Cary Elwes. Fantastic!

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Kathrin
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Pickpick

A book that tells us why we need education, why we need to ask questions and why it's good to be skeptical. A little drawn out at times, but overall great information!

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Kathrin
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This read is rocky for me, but there are good passages.

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jdtchicago

The theologian Meric Casaubon argued—in his 1668 book, Of Credulity and Incredulity—that witches must exist because, after all, everyone believes in them. Anything that a large number of people believe must be true.

KikiLovesBooks This is one of my all time favorite books! 3y
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Bookwrm

Although it‘s hard for me to see a more profound cosmic connection than the astonishing findings of modern nuclear astrophysics: except for hydrogen, all the atoms that make each of us up – the iron in our blood, the calcium in our bones, the carbon in our brains – were manufactured in red giant stars thousands of light years away in space and billions of years ago in time. We are, as I like to say, starstuff.

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Bookwrm

Pseudoscience speaks to powerful emotional needs that science often leaves unfulfilled

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Bookwrm

#Pseudoscience is easier to contrive than #science, because distracting confrontations with reality – where we cannot control the outcome of the comparison – are more readily avoided. The standards of argument, what passes for #evidence, are much more relaxed. In part for these same reasons, it is much easier to present pseudoscience to the general #public than science. But this isn‘t enough to explain its popularity.

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jdtchicago

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

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jdtchicago

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we‘ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We‘re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It‘s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we‘ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

DrexEdit That's exactly what I'm afraid of. Carl Sagan was brilliant. 3y
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Jessascinerd23
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I look forward to this part of my day ❤️🤓💤

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Jessascinerd23
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"It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it."

#truth

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Jessascinerd23
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I finished Cosmos. I adore Sagan. He is a good influence. I stood and looked up at the moon for awhile tonight and thought how truly breathtaking it must be to stand on the moon and see the earth. Not just a picture of the earth from the moon, mind you-but to actually see it from that barren landscape, surrounded by darkness 😍or stars. I'm not sure which. The pictures always have black skies, but that might be because of the flash. 🤔

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geodynamical
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http://shelfjoy.com/shelfjoy/science-books-that-are-good-for-casual-reading

I found a bookish website! So many curated book lists by topic! I made my own shelf request at the bottom of the homepage. 😊📚

@Eggs

minkyb Will be checking this site out! 3y
kspenmoll Thx!!! Have to check it out! 3y
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jdtchicago

Books...permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate--with the best teachers--the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history...Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society

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BigD
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This should be a compulsory read in all secondary schools.

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It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness

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Anabnieto
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I may need to re read this one. My Olympics time...

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