By Carl Sagan
"A excellent publication . . . A lively security of technology . . . From the 1st web page to the final, this ebook is a manifesto for transparent thought."
*Los Angeles Times
"POWERFUL . . . A stirring safeguard of expert rationality. . . wealthy in miraculous info and lovely writing."
*The Washington put up e-book World
How do we make clever judgements approximately our more and more technology-driven lives if we do not comprehend the adaptation among the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of technological know-how? Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and unique astronomer Carl Sagan argues that medical pondering is important not just to the pursuit of fact yet to the very overall healthiness of our democratic institutions.
Casting a large internet via heritage and tradition, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the previous as witchcraft, religion therapeutic, demons, and UFOs. And but, disturbingly, in modern day so-called details age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with tales of alien abduction, channeling prior lives, and communal hallucinations commanding turning out to be cognizance and appreciate. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren music of unreason isn't just a cultural fallacious flip yet a deadly plunge into darkness that threatens our most elementary freedoms.
"A transparent imaginative and prescient of what sturdy technology capacity and why it makes a distinction. . . . A testimonial to the facility of technology and a caution of the risks of unrestrained credulity."
*San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
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