The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candel in the Dark
Sagan (Carl)
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Back Cover Blurb

  1. Are we on the brink of a new Dark Age of irrationality and superstition?
  2. In this stirring, brilliantly argued book, internationally respected scientist Carl Sagan shows how scientific thinking is necessary to safeguard our democratic institutions and our technical civilisation. From an American president consulting horoscopes to a medieval court burning nine-year-old 'witches', Sagan shows the hazards of scientific ignorance. Convincingly debunking alien abduction, mediums, faith-healing fraud, and other modern-day 'demons', he also refutes the argument that science destroys spirituality, asks why scientific study is often stigmatized, and provides a ‘boloney detection kit’ for thinking through political, social and other issues.
  3. 'This is a stimulating study of science as, at its best, a positively inspirational answer to the irrational rituals that, at their worst, threaten the planet. Sagan helps us accept the world as it is, not as a fakeloric fantasy.'
    → Alan Bold, Glasgow Herald
  4. 'A brilliant populariser of astronomy and space science ... Sagan's writing is as lucid and stylish as ever.'
    → Clive Cookson, Financial Times
  5. 'My candidate for planetary ambassador can be none other than Carl Sagan himself. He is wise, humane, polymathic, witty, well read, and incapable of composing a dull sentence.'
    Richard Dawkins, The Times
  6. 'No one has ever succeeded in conveying the wonder, excitement and joy of science as widely as Carl Sagan and few as well ... His ability to capture the imagination of millions and to explain difficult concepts in understandable terms is a magnificent achievement.'
    → The National Academy of Sciences, on awarding Carl Sagan its highest honour in 1994

Back Cover Blurb
    Preface: My Teachers
  1. The Most Precious Thing
  2. Science and Hope
  3. The Man in the Moon and the Face on Mars
  4. Aliens
  5. Spoofing and Secrecy
  6. Hallucinations
  7. The Demon-Haunted World
  8. On the Distinction between True and False Visions
  9. Therapy
  10. The Dragon in My Garage
  11. The City of Grief
  12. The Fine Art of Baloney Detection
  13. Obsessed with Reality
  14. Antiscience
  15. Newton's Sleep
  16. When Scientists Know Sin
  17. The Marriage of Scepticism and Wonder
  18. The Wind Makes Dust
  19. No Such Thing as a Dumb Question
  20. House on Fire*
  21. The Path to Freedom*
  22. Significance Junkies
  23. Maxwell and The Nerds
  24. Science and Witchcraft*
  25. Real Patriots Ask Questions*

* Written with Ann Druyan


Headline Book Publishing, 1997. Paperback.

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