Pseudoscience, mysticism, religion, UFOs (opinions by the late Carl Sagan)
Here is a quote from an excellent review of Carl Sagan‘s acclaimed book, THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD: Science as a Candle in the Dark:
“How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science?
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.
Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs.
And yet, disturbingly, in today’s so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect.
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.”
Watch this YouTube video: (interview with the late Carl Sagan)
By the way, Carl Sagan was never an atheist. Here is his quote: “An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no God”.
Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow stated:
“Carl meant exactly what he said. He used words with great care. He did not know if there was a god. It is my understanding that to be an atheist is take the position that there is no god or equivalent. Carl was comfortable with the label ‘agnostic‘ but not ‘atheist'”.
Watch another interview with Carl Sagan, specifically on UFOs:
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