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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
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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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    R. Younis 24/11/2017
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    "Carl Sagan lives on. "

    A brilliant insight into how Sagan's mind worked. Here was a person who thought deeply about every aspect of human life. He found ways to give perspective and spread compassion whilst remaining committed to the idea that knowledge should be available for everybody, not just a select few. The Demon-Haunted World applies just as much today as when it was written.

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    Frank Malcolm Kembery BANES UK 31/10/2017
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    "The Demon-Haunted World"

    Logical imperatives and factualities of life. Flowing, sensible and somewhat creepy at time's. Extremely interesting and a definitive answer to avoiding chills.

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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
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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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    "Phenomenal"

    If, 1000 years from now, this book is the only surviving record of human existence, I will not be content. I will be dead. However, if I were paradoxically still alive, I would be content.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • M. Nobles
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    "Carl Sagan is Astounding!"

    This was the first book to which I've listened from Carl Sagan and it is amazing! I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Carl Sagan expounds at length on the virtues of skepticism and the scientific method and how it has brought the world out of extreme superstition and greatly elevated the overall status of humanity and implores humanity to maintain a strong dedication to education and learning of science and math in order to better humanity so that we don't fall back into the wretched ways of the past.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • DT
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    "Cary's new career"

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

    2 of 2 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.

    5 of 6 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
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    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ron Goulet
    09/12/17
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    "Amazing"

    Simply wonderful! Carl's work still holds up 20 + years later. A must read for students of any age!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marsha L. Woerner
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    01/12/17
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    "Much better than the abridged video that I saw"

    I just listened to an unabridged audio copy of it from audible (at least trustworthy!), and it's amazing how much more there was to the book. The amount that was in the original book compared with the video that I saw theoretically of an unabridged reading of it was definitely more complete,. The entire book has so much more. The end of the is vaguely political in that it points out how little our country is paying attention to our obligations and legacy in terms of science and even technology! And this is all before the age of Trump when he gets nothing but worse! Overall, it's still a great book; the world lost a fabulous scientist when he died :-( .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Question yourself "

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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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