March 1, 1997
March 1, 1997
"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 World
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.
"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."
*San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
In the last book he completed before his death, Carl Sagan, the most popular scientist since Albert Einstein, takes on "pseudo-science" in this scathing indictment of paranormal phenomenon and superstition, which he sees as signs of an onset of global ignorance. Sagan cogently examines a variety of supposedly supernatural phenomenon, including UFOs, ghosts, psychics, astrology, crop circles, religious apparitions, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, and he finds that there is no evidence in support of any of them, other than the surprisingly similar stories of people who have every reason to lie. For Sagan, these hoaxes are far from harmless; as people continue to embrace the verity of such scientific travesties, they move away from the glory and wonder of real science, which is supported by the ubiquity of our perceptions. Sagan completes his utterly convincing defense of science with a "baloney detection kit," which consists of a list of questions which can be used to measure the worth of any claim or theory.
Genre: Science, Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: Philosophy + Social Aspects
- Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines, Science
- Subgenre: Philosophy + Social Aspects
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: March 1, 1997
- Author: Carl Sagan
- Online Item #: 11395241
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-5151
- ISBN: 9780345409461
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported