CARL SAGAN: _The Demon-Haunted World_

Natasha V. More (
Mon, 01 Sep 1997 11:29:18 -0500

This morning I began Carl Sagan's compelling book, _The Demon-Haunted World
- Science As A Candle In The Dark_, while listening to Vivaldi (Les Quatre
Saisons) in the background. Somehow the music and the words meshed

Then I remembered a special moment: Several years ago, while attending the
SETI Conference, I spent a little time with Sagan at a specially organized
afternoon project with some of the children who attended. We enticed the
children to ask questions about science and space. Mind you, some of the
children were quite young, so we had to help them along with their
questions. Others were enthusiastically waving their hands asking the
simplest to the most peculiar questions. Carl Sagan answered each one with
concentration and care, ensuring that each child fell included and vital.

"How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly
technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the
myths of pseudoscience, New Age thinking, and fundamentalist zealotry and
the testable hypotheses of science?

"Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and
authoritatively debunks ... As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence,
the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous
plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms."


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