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I read this book over two nights, couldn't put it down, and afterwards was eagerly searching for more of the same. Science at it's best-accurate, timely, well-argued, emotionally and mentally invigorating, spiritually uplifting; and filled with boundless enthusiasm and hope. Like the author, Carl Sagan himself.
This book describes the 'scientific journey'. Alternately curious, cautious, inquiring, uplifting, compassionate, humane, warning, discovering and fulfilling. Topics include UFOs, alien abductions, witches, religion-both good and bad, Roswell, frauds, scientific genuises, skeptical thinking, wishful thinking, deceptive thinking, balanced thinking, belief, superstition, astrology, ESP, myth, and the like; and the role and place of science and scientific inquiry in all of this. For those who think science "destroys" spirituality-does not scientific inquiry with its' abundant curiosity and courageous endeavour accurately describe a spiritual journey to find the truth? Sagan contends, with great clarity and enthusiasm, that it assuredly does. It's just that this scientific journey is not an easy one, neither for the individual, nor humanity, by any means. But when has the attempt to find "truth" and "light" in this complex world of ours, ever been easy? Sagan argues that science and the scientific method is a noble and enlightening endeavour, an unquenchable candle, lit by the human yearning for truth, and able to steer humanity towards truth and goodwill in a world of mists, shadowy truths, and darkness.
For those who wish to open their minds to science and what it has to say about much that goes in this beautiful, yet sometimes dark world of ours, this is the book for you.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
As with so much else that he has written, there are numerous high-points here. Unfortunately, there are also a plethora of low points, including an unwillingness to introduce empirical data and analyses that might make his task (berating "straw men") more formiddable -- and significantly more interesting.
Rather than providing us with a most pursuasive account of views contrary to his own, too often Sagan side-steps the messiness of science to present the enterprise as a unified front. As a rhetorical device, this is a fine mode of addressing "uncritical minds". Ultimately, however, it udnermines much of what he expounds, since a thoroughly critical mind will find much to quibble with and even more to question.
Ironically, Sagan suggests that what we (as "Americans") need to foster is more critical thinking. To have written the book without being willing to engage in the nuanced discussion of criticism against the propositions he makes -- which would be necessary to pursuasively argue many of his key points -- sets the work up for disaster. Applying the tools of critical thinking he proffers to his own work demonstrates two things:
1) These tools *are* useful (presenting them is one of the book's high points),
2) Many assertions and editorial choices in the direction of the book's discourse do not withstand the application of his tools.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
We live in a very credulous age, where healthy skepticism (coupled with a sense of enquiring wonder) is nearly non-existent. I see this all around me and find it very depressing. This volume documents all of this well, and in chapter 12 even supplies tools for a baloney detection kit. Sagan does call for sensitivity and compassion when dealing with peoples' irrational beliefs.
In later chapters, Sagan laments the illiteracy in science and math in this country, a very big problem, and the inability for a large percentage of our population, adults and children alike, to think for themselves, and possible solutions. We should all be concerned about this. Many more issues are discussed by Sagan in the ensuing chapters.
I quote Carl Sagan here (not included in this book). "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". If more people would understand and believe this, the world would be a more rational and better place. Carl Sagan, my mentor, is dead now, but his works live on to inspire future generations.
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Must read for anyone claiming to have an "open" mind. A little dry in portions but that is the science works.Vor 19 Monaten von Amazon Customer veröffentlicht
Definitely one of two absolute musts in the area, "The God Delusion" being the other, slightly more radical one. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2014 von Dirk Heinen
You want to know, why humanity keeps enduring horrible conflicts and keeps commiting atrocities even though we know better through the experience of the World Wars? Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 2013 von Olf Kijewski
Ich bin noch nicht ganz durch mit dem Buch, aber was ich bisher gelesen habe gefällt mir.
Für Skeptiker ist es, sagen wir, ideologiefestigend ;-)
Ich habe mir vom Buchtitel viel versprochen, aber der Inhalt bleibt ziemlich trivial und lässt den erwarteten Tiefgang vermissen - echt!Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2013 von Peter Hiltner
Technology and the applied results of the scientific method are all around us in our daily lives, yet only a small percentage of the general public are actively using Science as a... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2010 von Fermat Sim
Sagan has written a book not on skepticism but debunking. His entire book is one long tirade on what he calls pseudo science. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von louis smith
It was because of my interest in what Sagan term's "Pseudoscience" that a die-hard skeptic suggested that I read SCIENCE AS A CANDLE IN THE DARK as a reality check. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2000 von George Dalzell
I've taken in more about science from this one book alone,than what i ever did from my 12 years at school,carl sagan was without doubt a master of his trade. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 24. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
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