By Carl Sagan
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How do we make clever judgements approximately our more and more technology-driven lives if we do not comprehend the variation among the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of technology? Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and wonderful astronomer Carl Sagan argues that medical considering is important not just to the pursuit of fact yet to the very wellbeing and fitness of our democratic institutions.
Casting a large internet via heritage and tradition, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the prior as witchcraft, religion therapeutic, demons, and UFOs. And but, disturbingly, in present day so-called info age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with tales of alien abduction, channeling previous lives, and communal hallucinations commanding turning out to be realization and recognize. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren track of unreason isn't just a cultural flawed flip yet a perilous plunge into darkness that threatens our most elementary freedoms.
"A transparent imaginative and prescient of what solid technology capacity and why it makes a distinction. . . . A testimonial to the facility of technology and a caution of the hazards of unrestrained credulity."
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