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The Demon-Haunted World Audiobook

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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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.

Introductory music from the original score for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.

©1996 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    andrew 01/07/2017
    andrew 01/07/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "A light not dimmed"

    Excellent audio book of a great book from the much missed Carl Sagan. You must own this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 09/08/2017
    Ben 09/08/2017 Member Since 2016

    I travel a lot, I'm glad to use this service otherwise i think my brain would turn to mush if i had to listen to any more radio adverts!

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    "Great listen"

    Was great to listen to a Carl Sagan classic. The speakers narrated the book very well.

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    17/08/17
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    "The importance of rational skepticism."

    An amazing read, I wasn't sure what to expect coming in and found myself pleasantly surprised. although there is a rather large chunk of the book devoted to UFO'S the message of Sagan comes through very clear. And the narration brings energy to the book that could have just as easily become monotonous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phillip Combest
    15/07/17
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    "A peek into Carl Sagan's thinking ..."

    Written for everyone this audiobook covers principles of human decency and advancement in general terms easily accessible to the non-scientist. It's timeless - written long ago but so germane to life in 2017. Loved this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frenand
    06/07/17
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    "Question yourself "

    Timeless. Some of the topics might seem dated, but the essence shall always be valid.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Patton
    04/07/17
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    "A supremely important work"

    I love Carl Sagan.
    I think this is perhaps his crowning achievement. The importance of sceptical thinking and detection of baloney is critical.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    HOWELL, MI, United States
    16/06/17
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    "excellent skeptical primer"

    have waited a long time for this to come out on audio. it didn't disappoint.

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  • A. Adams
    16/08/17
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    "So relevant."

    Great book. Still relevant to today's world. Hearing him talk about climate change and people's willingness to believe in the paranormal, but ignore scientific really hits home in today's world.

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  • Anonymous
    09/08/17
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    "very informative"

    very informative. a valuable tool in discovering the importance of scientific thinking. the historical lesson and quoting was fantastic.

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  • Dan
    White Post, VA, United States
    09/08/17
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    "Best book I have ever read!"

    Everybody should be required to read this book. It is very applicable to the current state of the nation today.

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  • Jared R Fournier
    06/08/17
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    "Very accessible and poignant"

    Great read. Impressively relevant for a book 21 year old book. Cary Elwes narrating is a big plus.

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  • Thomas A. Caleca M.D.
    Clearwater Beach, Florida USA
    21/07/17
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    "Terrible narration"

    I read this book years ago and loved it.
    The narration by Elwes was way too dramatic and distracting from an otherwise important and profound book.
    It is sad we couldn't hear it in Carl Sagan's unique delivery.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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