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Should be required reading in High Schools and Universities,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book is Carl Sagans' review of part of his life and his passionate love of science, and his plea for a more rational society. However, as per other reviews here, the people most in need of reading this book are precisely the ones who are'nt reading it, and others may read it with a closed mind to begin with. The book is a call for people to think for themselves, using the scientific method, in their everday lives, and give religion (esp. fundamentalists) and many other things, the critical examinations they most desperately deserve. But alas, social inertia is very strong, and the changes envisioned in this book may take a century or longer.
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.