By Carl Sagan
"A excellent e-book . . . A lively safety of technology . . . From the 1st web page to the final, this ebook is a manifesto for transparent thought."
*Los Angeles Times
"POWERFUL . . . A stirring protection of educated rationality. . . wealthy in outstanding details and lovely writing."
*The Washington submit 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 technology? Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and special astronomer Carl Sagan argues that medical pondering is necessary not just to the pursuit of fact yet to the very wellbeing and fitness of our democratic institutions.
Casting a large web via heritage and tradition, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the earlier as witchcraft, religion therapeutic, demons, and UFOs. And but, disturbingly, in modern so-called details age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with tales of alien abduction, channeling prior lives, and communal hallucinations commanding starting to be cognizance and appreciate. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren tune of unreason is not only a cultural fallacious flip yet a deadly plunge into darkness that threatens our most simple freedoms.
"A transparent imaginative and prescient of what reliable technological know-how capability and why it makes a distinction. . . . A testimonial to the facility of technological know-how and a caution of the risks of unrestrained credulity."
*San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
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