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Der Drache in meiner Garage oder die Kunst der Wissenschaft Unsinn zu entlarven

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Carl Sagan sinnt über die gegenwärtige Lage des wissenschaftlichen Denkens nach, was ihm wunderbar Gelegenheit bietet, uns mit seinen eigenen Kindheitserfahrungen, Pressearchiven, UFO-Geschichten und dem vielfältigen Strandgut der Pseudowissenschaft zu unterhalten. Zwischendurch entlarvt er Entführungen durch Außerirdische, Gesundbeterei und Channeling als Nonsens; er wide ...more
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Ahmad  Ebaid
المراجعة عصية على التلخيص بنفس قدر أهمية الكتاب للمهتمين بالعلوم

"المنهج العلمي على ما يبدو عليه من الغلظة والسماجة لهو أهم إلى حد بعيد من مكتشفات العلم."

ذُهلت عندما وجدت الكاتب يَسْتَهِل الكتاب بالحديث بجدية لتفنيد مزاعم الأطباق الطائرة؛ فالكاتب -أي كارل ساجان- هو أحد أشهر العلماء في التاريخ, ليس فقط لإنجازاته العلمية, بل لدوره الأدبي في نشر العلم للعامة, حيث يعد أكبر نقطة تحول حدثت في هذا المجال, وبأسلوبه الأدبي الشيق استطاع أن يسجل رقم قياسي كأعلى نسبة مشاهدة في التاريخ لعرض تلفزيوني عن بر
Jan 26, 2008 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sit before my computer, typing out a review of what is my favorite book. I’m daunted by the magnitude of this task, having just finished the book for the fourth or maybe fifth time. I wish I could remember when I bought this book, likely close to a decade ago, but I’m sure that I must have been awestruck to discover a book written by a man who has influenced my life and my interests to such a great extent.

One of the great memories of my early life was that of waiting to plop down in front of t
Kevin Kelsey
Always insightful, it seems that Sagan just wanted to watch the world learn. I should've read this at 14. Honestly, this should probably be required high school reading for everyone. It illustrates clearly the many and varied personal and societal benefits gained from applying the methods of science to every corner of our thinking. The methods are the important part, the findings are just icing on the cake. It covers the dangers of unchecked ideologies and the requirement for both objectivity an ...more
Sep 19, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, society
I miss Carl Sagan.

Ever since I was a kid, Carl Sagan has been the face of science for me. I would watch Cosmos and feel a sense of amazement that the universe was as wonderful as it was. He'd be there in his turtleneck and his blazer, smiling as though he'd just heard the coolest secret and he wanted to share it with you. And he did, except that it wasn't his secret. Hell, it wasn't a secret at all - it was the combined results of thousands of years of thoughts, deductions, mistakes, missteps, e
May 03, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This is a marvelous book about the consequences of a population being scientifically illiterate. There are numerous consequences, all of them bad. Most notably, the growth of superstitious beliefs can lead to terrifying witch hunts that grow and grow, leaving a broad trail of torture, execution, mass hysteria and paranoia. Interestingly, Carl Sagan holds up science and democracy as mutually supporting concepts. He cites Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson as examples of l ...more
Hey, so, guess what? People who read the Weekly World News are stupid, but scientists are awesome! Did you know that?

I just put this book down, 175 pages in. It's not that I disagree with the thesis, because I actually don't at all. Sagan uses the widespread belief in alien abductions to talk about the need for more critical thinking in this world. And I'm totally there -- yes, for the love of God, teach people to distinguish between fact and what they want to be fact. But Sagan goes on -- and o
Sagan has been a hero of mine since I saw Cosmos years and years ago. Now that was one of the truly great science documentaries and one that, on the subject of physics, has rarely been bettered.

This is a supurb book. Many people say things like, "I've no idea how people without a belief in the supernatural can bare to live in this world". Well, Sagan gives a powerful answer here.

Sagan understood the infinite joy that comes from understanding something about the world - something that is real. H
Dec 10, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The choir that he is already preaching to
Full disclosure here, I did not finish this book; I made the decision to stop reading it after around 100 pages. I kept expecting the science to start at any page, but I got tired of reading accusations that the Weekly World News and Beavis and Butt-Head are sources of ignorance and misunderstanding. I won't argue that either of these are intellectual, but at best these are forms of entertainment and that is largely a product of taste, not intellect. I couldn't risk wasting my time reading anoth ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion is a nuclear bomb in the atheist arsenal, Carl Sagan's The Demon-haunted World is an anti-personnel mine.

Where Dawkins goes for maximum destruction, piling the misery and mockery on those he's battling, Sagan doesn't even acknowledge his enemy. The Demon-haunted World poses, instead (and very effectively), as a book in defense of skepticism, a book persuading the unskeptical to embrace reason in the form of open-mindedness, the pursuit of evidence, and a thir
Jan 24, 2017 Sebastien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. This is one of the great paeans to science, logic, and critical thinking buttressed by philosophy and deep moral sensibility. This is the first book of Sagan's I've read, I was so impressed, wonderfully written, very accessible and easy to read. He is a scientist by training, a highly critical thinker, but he is clearly a very multidimensional multitalented man. He has grounding in many other areas outside of science, including philosophy, political science, questions of morality, ...more
Daniel Bastian
Nov 29, 2011 Daniel Bastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.” (p. 26)

The omen above was put to print in 1995 and echoed throughout Carl Sagan’s prolific career as both practitione
Aug 09, 2016 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. . . every question is a cry to understand the world.

In a nutshell, Sagan valiantly attempts to understand why people believe weird stuff, then explains why they shouldn't. I particularly enjoyed the several excellent chapters on the importance of literacy and education. There's also a probing (Sorry!) look into alien abductions.

I think this quote, included in the book, sums everything up nicely:

[I]gnorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, an
Mar 23, 2011 Mitch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this book. I serously don't understand why people consistantly rated this book so highly. I'm really out of synch on this one...and here's why:

Carl obviously had an ongoing religious relationship with science and boy, is he ever tiresome about it. What a reckless evangelist! He condemns everything that does not stand up to science's demonstrable standards (whether such application is appropriate or not) and then....he violates the same standards time and again in his '
Apr 18, 2008 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: _People who want to think straight
Recommended to Tyler by: _A book review
Shelves: non-fiction
Sagan shows why learning to think in a contingent universe is ... well ... absolutely necessary. My reaction first reading the book was, "I've known for a long time that something's wrong. Now I know what." The discussions the author engages in in the book are eye-openers.

I cannot recommend this book to those who are highly sensitive about their credos, but on other hand, I don't think more open-minded religious people will at all see this as the scathing attack many opinion-makers have attribut
Jan 23, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Terry

My first Sagan book was Cosmos, which led me to this one. While Cosmos was good, this was great. It really opened my eyes to how important science is, and the underlying principles of science, and simultaneously how organized religion is virtually 100% philosophically opposed to science.

Religion: Don't think, don't reason, don't use logic. We'll (religious leaders) tell you what to think, what our god(s) wants you to think/do. Our holy book written centuries ago by primitive tribes with no knowl
Aug 21, 2016 Rıdvan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitap hakkında özet falan çıkarmayacağım. Zaten sürpriz bir sonu da yok kitabın. Anatemasını falan da anlatmayacağım. Sadece bana hissettirdiklerinden bahsedeceğim. Böylece nacizane okurlara artistlik yapacağım. Şöyle ki;

1. Arkadaş kuşkucu olun. Özellikle şu genellemeyi yapmama müsaade edin; Türkiye'nin en önemli sorunlarından biri bu. Bilimsel bakış kuşkucu olmak demektir. Her söyleneni hap gibi yutmayın. İpe sapa gelmez şeyleri kaç kişinin aynı anda söylediği hiç önemli değil. Sorgulayın. N
Mar 12, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
If Carl Sagan was alive today I think he would probably cry if he saw the state of the world. He wrote this book as a kind of wake up call to the people and the government, he pointed out how bad the education system is, he tries to get people to understand how important science is, he warns us not to watch so much crap on TV, go out and get some real-life experiences and he warns us about the government abusing the bill of rights.

Well it looks like everybody has ignored him, if fact to me thing
✾ بسام ✾ RIHANI ✾
وتتضافر تروس الفقر والجهل واليأس وانخفاض تقدير الذات من أجل خلق نوع من آلات الفشل دائمة الحركة التي تسحق الأحلام من جيل إلى جيل وكلنا ندفع ثمن استمرارها في الدوران، والأمية مسمار عجلتها


إن كنت من المهتمين أو "الفانز" المتابعين لكارل ساجان وتريد أن تتعرف على أفكاره وآرائه فبإمكاني ببساطة أن أرشِّح لك هذا الكتاب .. الكتاب الخلاصة ،،كتاب ثري أو قل "فاحش الثراء" ...ـ

الكتاب في غاية الأهمية،، رغم وجود بعض الأفكار التي لا أستسيغها وأعني بذلك الأفكار ذات التوجه الديني،، -كمسلم- أجدها لا
Sep 29, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every human should read this book.
Roy Lotz
Jun 08, 2013 Roy Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what potential audience Sagan had in mind for this book, and I’m doubly unsure if I’m in it. I doubt you will be sure, either; and this tension is one that runs through the whole of the book. Perhaps this is unavoidable. For, when a popular scientist writes a book, his readership is more than likely to consist, in the main, of reasonable and skeptical people; thus, when he spends the entirety of the work attempting to inculcate the scientific attitude, he is in the position of a mus ...more
Feb 16, 2008 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I wish I could give 6 stars to this book (but I guess that just indicates that I give 5 stars too easily). Carl Sagan covers a lot of ground in this book. One of his most important themes is that the scientific method is the best tool we have for separating fact from fantasy. He laments that a general lack of skepticism leads many people to believe in superstitions that can be easily explained. He devotes several chapters to the widespread belief in UFOs and a government conspiracy to hide the " ...more
Greg Brozeit
Dec 12, 2013 Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: science
I consider this book to be among the most important in my library. Carl Sagan wrote it when he knew he was dying of cancer. He had an unmatched gift of conveying and explaining science to make it understandable and relevant to non-scientists. For that reason alone, it is not far-fetched to list him among the great scientific minds of the 20th century.

In this valedictory statement of scientific philosophy, Sagan elevates the idea and relevance of the scientific method in our daily and public live
Jun 24, 2008 melydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read something that filled you with such furvor that you wanted to write your own thoughts along those same lines, but whenever you tried you found you did nothing but repeat the original article?

That's been me all over the place with The Demon-Haunted World. I want to ramble about the wonder of science, the importance of skepticism, the fact that school all but completely robbed me of any desire to learn, the dangers of pseudoscience, the intrinsic value of basic research even if
Jul 11, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hesitated to mark this as "Read" because I couldn't actually get through the whole thing. I was SO excited to read this book: I was under the impression that Sagan systematically explained in reasonable and scientific terms some of the myths and phenomena present in Western culture, and I thought it would be interesting to see how these things came about.
That's not what it is. From the first about 100 pages, I gather that a) Sagan is reeeaaallly in love with science, b) he's not unconvinced th
Orcun Ayata
Oct 24, 2016 Orcun Ayata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-science
Aslında bitiremedim. Sebebi de basım değil, epub halini okuduğumdan dolayı gereğinden çok daha fazla yazım hatası olması. Dolayısı ile biraz da eski konular olduğundan dolayı bu beni kitaptan uzaklaştırdı. Ben de zorlamadan, tadında bırakma kararı verdim. Basılısını bulursam tabii ki seve seve okuyacağım.

Verdiğim 4 yıldız, kitabın yarısına kadarki kısmına verdiğim puandır. Ayrıca bunu paylaşırken farkettim ki 20 gün sürmüş 200 sayfa okumam.. İçler acısı, ama çok yoğunum.
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 04, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“All science asks is to employ the same levels of skepticism we use in buying a used car or in judging the quality of analgesics or beer from their television commercials.”
Carl Sagan in The Demon-Haunted World

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark will turn 20 years old next year, but it’s just as relevant as when Carl Sagan first wrote it.

Actually, more relevant. While Sagan had to deal with cigarette manufacturers pooh-poohing the tobacco-cancer connection, the war on scien
May 15, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might well be a fan of everything Carl Sagan ever wrote or said. His ability to effortlessly move and inform never ceases to amaze me. If Carl Sagans were more common and not just someone who turned up once in a generation the ignorance and scientific illiteracy that forms the basis for this book may hardly exist at all.

This one gets 4 stars and not the full 5. Not because Sagan's thoughts and writing isn't as great at ever but because Sagan is far too capable at slaying the beliefs and practi
Veronica Bolts
Aug 01, 2013 Veronica Bolts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an ordinary non-scientific person, it is common to perceive information through a two dimension. The Demon – Haunted World on the contrary, leads the non – scientific reader to filter information through a three dimensional viewpoint. To mistake false information as valid without questioning the sources or claims being made is quite prevalent, thanks to social media. For example why do people believe in memes that circulate on the web at face value? Or another example is why do people believe ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009
For a while now, I've been saying that I need to start reading some non-fiction. For all the time I spend reading, some of that time should be spent learning about things that are new to me. But then I'd groan and say that I'm not yet far enough removed from being a student to be able to do that for fun.

A GoodReads friend recommended this one during a discussion of sleep paralysis and aliens, and I decided that I should approach this like ripping off a band-aid - I grabbed it off the library she
Sep 06, 2007 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: religion
If you think you're open minded, you are not, until you've read this book. Give it a try. I dare you.

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in 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After earning bachelor and master's degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960. He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co-founder of the Planetary Society. A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced th ...more
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