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5.0 out of 5 stars Rational and humane antidote to superstition., 17 Nov. 2001
This review is from: The Demon-haunted World (Paperback)
This is an intelligent, sympathetic book that encourages readers to see life and the universe for the wonderful thing it is, without recourse to superstitious belief or a fondness for unlikely mysteries. Sagan demonstrates that there is more than enough to wonder at in the cosmos quite apart from the ever-multiplying stories of alien abduction, miraculous watch-stopping by tv personalities etc. Sagan is never facetious or condescending in his viewpoint, as some other science writers can be. He has a great deal of empathy for the human desire to search for something greater outside themselves, and dismantles illogical thinking with humour and kindness rather than harsh condemnation. I found this a very engaging and eye-opening book, which has changed the way I perceive a whole range of things - for the better. There are other books that also offer an apology for science, such as Richard Dawkin's 'Unweaving the Rainbow', or Lewis Wolpert's 'The Unnatural Nature of Science' but 'The Demon-Haunted World' outclasses them in almost every respect.
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