Science as a Candle in the Dark,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (Taschenbuch)
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 method to view the world and to assess phenomenons they are confronted with; Carl Sagan's book tries to infuse the general public with the same wonderment and joy in discovering which he so profoundly showed in his 'Cosmos' TV series while at the same time keeping sceptic and critical.
Using these two general principles - openness towards new concepts and ideas while being sceptical and checking the credits of a story - he takes a look on a lot of the stories that captured the media during the last decades - UFOs, alien abductions, astrology, mystic healers and so on; with patience and without skipping a step during the process, he examines claims and often-used explanations without ridiculing those who "believe" in them while trying to appeal to reason, logic and scepticism.
Infused with Sagan's witticism and style this book is a joy to read and one of the most profound statements for science and its methods - not only in a professional sense, but also as a guideline in daily lives.