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The Demon-Haunted World Summary

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The Demon-Haunted World PDFScience as a Candle in the Dark

If there’s any part of you interested even slightly in astronomy and cosmology, you probably owe a lot to Carl Sagan. He popularized these disciplines as nobody before him. And in “The Demon-Haunted World” you can see how he managed to popularize skeptical and scientific thinking as nobody ever since.

About Carl Sagan

Carl SaganCarl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist and astrophysicist, and probably the man responsible for bringing these disciplines to the mainstream. His 1980 TV series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”, is the most watched scientific TV series in history, so far seen by half a billion people in over 60 countries.

He wrote many bestselling books; among them: “The Dragons of Eden”, “Broca’s Brain” and “Pale Blue Dot.”

“The Demon-Haunted World PDF Summary”

You probably think of scientists as nerdy guys in white coats who solve equations and experiment on rats. You may even think that they are working on boring stuff that doesn’t concern you.

Well, have a look around: almost everything you see was once devised by some kind of a scientist. The very fact that you’re reading this article is a tribute to the power of science.

It was the mind of a scientist where the Internet was invented, where the smartphones and the laptops were first born.

And it all stemmed from something scientists adore: skeptical, or critical thinking.

The Demon-Haunted World” is a book which explains why skeptical thinking is practically the only actual way of thinking and how you can practice it best.

And it starts by exploring uncritical thinking.

For example, in the Middle Ages, people believed that demons called incubi entered women’s rooms and impregnated them during the night.

Sounds funny?

It’s not – because thousands of Americans report being abducted by aliens every year. Without offering a single shred of evidence for it! And millions believe that they are right. According to Carl Sagan, neither of these two groups uses its mental capacity to think skeptically.

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