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Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvelous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories, and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience. Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing, and channeling; refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious, and other issues. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Eminent Cornell astronomer and bestselling author Sagan debunks the paranormal and the unexplained in a study that will reassure hardcore skeptics but may leave others unsatisfied. To him, purported UFO encounters and alien abductions are products of gullibility, hallucination, misidentification, hoax and therapists' pressure; some alleged encounters, he suggests, may screen memories of sexual abuse. He labels as hoaxes the crop circles, complex pictograms that appear in southern England's wheat and barley fields, and he dismisses as a natural formation the Sphinx-like humanoid face incised on a mesa on Mars, first photographed by a Viking orbiter spacecraft in 1976 and considered by some scientists to be the engineered artifact of an alien civilization. In a passionate plea for scientific literacy, Sagan deftly debunks the myth of Atlantis, Filipino psychic surgeons and mediums such as J.Z. Knight, who claims to be in touch with a 35,000-year-old entity called Ramtha. He also brands as superstition ghosts, angels, fairies, demons, astrology, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and religious apparitions.
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This book taught me how important is to keep healthy balance (skepticism yes, but don't go too far with it it is almost equally unproductive as closing your mind before some truth... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ljupka
This book is a source of healing for a world mired in confusion, superstition and fear. Highly recommended!Published 10 days ago by j-man
In my opinion this is the greatest book ever written. I think this book should be taught in schools to help people learn critical thinking skills.Published 12 days ago by Ronald A. Sasser Jr.
Carl Sagan was a brilliant scientist and a tremendously gifted fellow for sharing incredible science with the regular folks who watch TV but who have an interest in science - we... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Susan L. Carrier
5 stars because it is by Carl Sagan. Too bad his message is being drowned by the effluence of psuedoscience and the myth believers. Read morePublished 25 days ago by mark berg, lt Col USAF (ret)
A must read! The title says it all. There was so much fascinating information I hadn't heard about the history of all sorts of woo. And an easy but compelling read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Colleen