Lumea și demonii ei. Știința ca lumină în întuneric

Lumea i demonii ei tiin a ca lumin n ntuneric Cum putem lua decizii inteligente in vietile noastre tot mai influentate de tehnologie daca nu intelegem diferenta dintre miturile pseudostiintei si ipotezele testabile ale stiintei Carl Sagan castig

  • Title: Lumea și demonii ei. Știința ca lumină în întuneric
  • Author: Carl Sagan Alexandru Anghel
  • ISBN: 9789731115191
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cum putem lua decizii inteligente in vietile noastre tot mai influentate de tehnologie daca nu intelegem diferenta dintre miturile pseudostiintei si ipotezele testabile ale stiintei Carl Sagan, castigator al premiului Pulitzer si renumit astronom, sustine ca gandirea stiintifica este vitala nu doar in cautarea adevarului, ci si pentru insasi integritatea institutiilor noaCum putem lua decizii inteligente in vietile noastre tot mai influentate de tehnologie daca nu intelegem diferenta dintre miturile pseudostiintei si ipotezele testabile ale stiintei Carl Sagan, castigator al premiului Pulitzer si renumit astronom, sustine ca gandirea stiintifica este vitala nu doar in cautarea adevarului, ci si pentru insasi integritatea institutiilor noastre democratice Parcurgand zone cuprinzatoare ale istoriei si culturii, Sagan examineaza si demonteaza cu autoritate celebre deprinderi eronate ale gandirii umane precum vrajitoria, vindecarile prin rugaciune, demonii si OZN urile Si totusi, in mod ingrijorator, asa numita epoca a informatiei in care ne aflam este inundata de pseudostiinta, povesti cu rapiri extraterestre, spiritism, amintiri din vieti trecute, superstitii de tot felul si halucinatii comune care se bucura de tot mai multa atentie si interes Dupa cum Sagan demonstreaza cu o elocventa lucida, cantecul de sirena al irationalului nu are doar efecte culturale negative, ci este o cufundare periculoasa in intunericul care ameninta cele mai importante libertati ale noastre.Volum distins cu Premiul pentru Carte Los Angeles Times la categoria Stiinta si Tehnologie

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 أشه [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. رغم صعوبة الحديث عن الكتاب؛ لثراءه واشتماله على نقائض الرأي فإن المنصف لا ينكر ما فيه من متعة وثراء وفائدةوإن كان كثير من الكتب جديراً أن يُقرأ بعين ناقدة؛ فإن هذا الكتاب أحق بذلكيتناول الكتاب بالانتقاد، كثيراً من أمثلة الدجل والعلم الزائف، مثل الأطباق الطائرة، والتنجيم، و [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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, [...]

    12. . . . 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, and [...]

    13. “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 pract [...]

    14. 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 oned 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 'logical' [...]

    15. 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 attributed to [...]

    16. 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 söyl [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 ــــإن كنت من المهتمين أو "الفانز" المتابعين لكارل ساجان وتريد أن تتعرف على أفكاره وآرائ [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 bel [...]

    23. 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 " [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. I don't feel hyperbolic saying this is one of the best and most important books ever written. I can only kick myself for having left it on the shelf so many years. In his characteristic congenial, non-threatening, well-studied, literate and abundantly clear way, Carl Sagan explains the importance of critical thinking, science and education. Sagan is a master of succinct conveyance, ever-shifting the reader's perspective to a better vantage point from which to understand a concept. That he manage [...]

    27. 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 acı [...]

    28. “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 WorldThe Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Darkwill 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 s [...]

    29. 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 [...]

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