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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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    Amazon Customer 07/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A Classic"

    Just listen/read it. One of the best popular science books I have listened to/read. Still relevant today. Not a heavy going listen but kept me interested until the end.

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    Mark 04/10/2017
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    "Wish I read this years ago!"

    I've read many books and heard many talks that have referenced Carl Sagan, and now I know why he is so revered. A brilliant book to assist with rational thinking.

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    Ben 09/08/2017
    Ben 09/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Iron
    10/10/17
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    "The Demon-Haunted World review"

    I truly wish that there more people in the world that felt the same as Carl Sagan. I will listen to this again and again. Thank you Mr. Sagan for your inspiration and bravery.

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  • Anonymous
    14/09/17
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    "Every human must read this."

    Sagan's words are wise, timeless and desperately relevant to today - we must heed them if we are to preserve all the precious things that we take for granted for the next generation.

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  • DT
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    05/09/17
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    "Cary's new career"

    I should have known that Cary would be a fantastic reader. Great book and readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • e-Patient Dave
    Nashua, NH, United States
    30/08/17
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    "Dreadful, sneering reader. Can't hear Sagan in it."

    The book talks about how science is humble and enquiring. This narrator is the opposite, to the point where it's not acceptable.

    I'm returning this title because try as I might, I can't get past the constantly sneering tone of the narrator. I want to decide for MYSELF whether the people Sagan wrote about are as idiotic as this reader makes them seem. I'm a bit sad about this because I really want to absorb the prescient message 20 years ago about our regressing to a society that makes up stupid explanations, just as society did before science, but I want my thoughts to be based on evaluating the evidence, not a tone that in every sentence suggests "What is WRONG with these people??"

    Sadly, I like audio books because they don't require additional time out of my schedule - I can "read" them while walking, running, or driving. But this one will have to be Kindle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/08/17
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    "Excellent! "

    The book its self was amazing. Sagan takes us from the obvious woo and crack pots through more and more subtle and pervasive uses of skepticism.

    He does it all with such grace and heart; not in any mean spirited way. He really paints a picture of the value of thinking critically for the individual, the society and even the entire race.

    The narration was perfect too. The primary narrator reminded me of Richard Dawkins. And obviously Seth McFarland was create too.

    This is the type of reading that, if more broadly done, would change society. Read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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