The Demon Haunted World

The Demon Haunted World
Author : Carl Sagan
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Total Pages : 480
Release : 2011-07-06
ISBN 10 : 9780307801043
ISBN 13 : 0307801047
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Demon Haunted World Book Description:

A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times 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. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World “Compelling.”—USA Today “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”—The Sciences “Passionate.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

The Demon Haunted World

The Demon Haunted World
Author : Carl Sagan
Publisher : Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia
Total Pages : 528
Release : 2018-11-05
ISBN 10 : 9786024810436
ISBN 13 : 6024810431
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Demon Haunted World Book Description:

Dunia penuh hal-hal yang manusia tak ketahui. Ketidaktahuan itu menakutkan, membuat kita membayangkan “dunia yang dihantui iblis” dengan berbagai macam hal di luar kendali kita. Namun manusia sudah punya alat untuk membawa penerangan bagi dunia nan gelap: sains, cara memperoleh pengetahuan berdasarkan pengamatan dan fakta, yang memadukan rasa penasaran terhadap dunia nyata dengan kesediaan mengecek benar tidaknya segala pernyataan pengetahuan dengan meminta bukti. Dalam buku ini Carl Sagan menunjukkan bahwa sains bisa diandalkan serta amat bermanfaat bagi masyarakat, untuk memahami dunia sebagaimana adanya serta menangkal segala macam penipuan dan hoaks. Yang dibutuhkan orang untuk menghadapi dunia zaman sekarang bukan lagi kepercayaan tanpa bukti, melainkan kemampuan berpikir kritis sebagaimana diajarkan sains. Carl Sagan (1934–1996) ialah ahli astronomi, kosmologi, astrofisika, sekaligus penulis sains populer asal Amerika Serikat yang turut terlibat berbagai penelitian antariksa, termasuk ekspedisi wahana Mariner, Viking, Voyager, dan Galileo ke planet-planet tata surya. Kosmos, salah satu karya terbesarnya, adalah buku sains populer terlaris sepanjang masa. Dr Sagan telah menerima Hadiah Pulitzer dan berbagai penghargaan lain atas sumbangsihnya bagi sains, sastra, pendidikan, dan pelestarian lingkungan.

The Scientific Attitude

The Scientific Attitude
Author : Lee McIntyre
Publisher : MIT Press
Total Pages : 296
Release : 2019-05-07
ISBN 10 : 9780262039833
ISBN 13 : 0262039834
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scientific Attitude Book Description:

An argument that what makes science distinctive is its emphasis on evidence and scientists' willingness to change theories on the basis of new evidence. Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn't settled science, that evolution is “only a theory,” and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians' rhetorical repertoire. Defenders of science often point to its discoveries (penicillin! relativity!) without explaining exactly why scientific claims are superior. In this book, Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls “the scientific attitude”—caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence. The history of science is littered with theories that were scientific but turned out to be wrong; the scientific attitude reveals why even a failed theory can help us to understand what is special about science. McIntyre offers examples that illustrate both scientific success (a reduction in childbed fever in the nineteenth century) and failure (the flawed “discovery” of cold fusion in the twentieth century). He describes the transformation of medicine from a practice based largely on hunches into a science based on evidence; considers scientific fraud; examines the positions of ideology-driven denialists, pseudoscientists, and “skeptics” who reject scientific findings; and argues that social science, no less than natural science, should embrace the scientific attitude. McIntyre argues that the scientific attitude—the grounding of science in evidence—offers a uniquely powerful tool in the defense of science.

Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage

Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage
Author : Laurajane Smith
Publisher : Psychology Press
Total Pages : 260
Release : 2004
ISBN 10 : 0415318327
ISBN 13 : 9780415318327
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage Book Description:

This is a much-needed survey of how relationships between indigenous peoples and the archaeological establishment have got into difficulties, and a pointer towards how things could move forward.

The Making of the New Spirituality

The Making of the New Spirituality
Author : James A. Herrick
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Total Pages : 331
Release : 2004-12-02
ISBN 10 : 0830832793
ISBN 13 : 9780830832798
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Making of the New Spirituality Book Description:

A 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist! One of Preaching magazine's 2004 "Top Ten Books Every Preacher Should Read"! Neo-paganism. The paranormal. Astrology. Nature religion. Holistic thinking. Healing. New Age. New spirituality. A massive shift in Western religious attitudes has taken place almost without our noticing it. The Judeo-Christian tradition of Western culture has slowly but steadily been eclipsed by a new way of viewing spirituality. This shift has been in the making for some three hundred years. James A. Herrick tells the story of how the old view has been dismantled and a new one created not primarily through academic or institutional channels but by means of popular religious media--books, speeches, magazines and pamphlets, as well as movies, plays, music, radio interviews, television programs and websites. Although the new spirituality is diffuse and eclectic in its sources and manifestations, Herrick demonstrates a significant convergence of ideas, beliefs, assumptions, convictions and images in the myriad ways this New Religious Synthesis makes its way into our culture. In fact, the new spirituality, says Herrick, directly calls into question each major tenet of Judeo-Christian tradition and so represents a radical alternative to it. Interest in spirituality increases while participation in institutional religion wanes. Many welcome this evolution of religion. However, few are familiar with its roots, and fewer still have critically examined its prospects. As we stand at a spiritual crossroad, Herrick questions whether we are wise to discard the Western religious tradition and adopt the new spirituality.

A Demon Haunted Land

A Demon Haunted Land
Author : Monica Black
Publisher : Metropolitan Books
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2020-11-17
ISBN 10 : 9781250225665
ISBN 13 : 1250225663
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Demon Haunted Land Book Description:

“A Demon-Haunted Land is absorbing, gripping, and utterly fascinating... Beautifully written, without even a hint of jargon or pretension, it casts a significant and unexpected new light on the early phase of the Federal Republic of Germany’s history. Black’s analysis of the copious, largely unknown archival sources on which the book is based is unfailingly subtle and intelligent.” —Richard J. Evans, The New Republic In the aftermath of World War II, a succession of mass supernatural events swept through war-torn Germany. A messianic faith healer rose to extraordinary fame, prayer groups performed exorcisms, and enormous crowds traveled to witness apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Most strikingly, scores of people accused their neighbors of witchcraft, and found themselves in turn hauled into court on charges of defamation, assault, and even murder. What linked these events, in the wake of an annihilationist war and the Holocaust, was a widespread preoccupation with evil. While many histories emphasize Germany’s rapid transition from genocidal dictatorship to liberal democracy, A Demon-Haunted Land places in full view the toxic mistrust, profound bitterness, and spiritual malaise that unfolded alongside the economic miracle. Drawing on previously unpublished archival materials, acclaimed historian Monica Black argues that the surge of supernatural obsessions stemmed from the unspoken guilt and shame of a nation remarkably silent about what was euphemistically called “the most recent past.” This shadow history irrevocably changes our view of postwar Germany, revealing the country’s fraught emotional life, deep moral disquiet, and the cost of trying to bury a horrific legacy.

Gaither s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

Gaither s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations
Author : Carl C. Gaither
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 1793
Release : 2008-01-08
ISBN 10 : 9780387495774
ISBN 13 : 0387495770
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gaither s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations Book Description:

Scientists and other keen observers of the natural world sometimes make or write a statement pertaining to scientific activity that is destined to live on beyond the brief period of time for which it was intended. This book serves as a collection of these statements from great philosophers and thought–influencers of science, past and present. It allows the reader quickly to find relevant quotations or citations. Organized thematically and indexed alphabetically by author, this work makes readily available an unprecedented collection of approximately 18,000 quotations related to a broad range of scientific topics.

Understanding Biology Through Evolution Fourth Edition

Understanding Biology Through Evolution   Fourth Edition
Author : Bruce D. Olsen
Publisher : Lulu.com
Total Pages : 267
Release : 2009-09-01
ISBN 10 : 9780557095391
ISBN 13 : 0557095395
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Biology Through Evolution Fourth Edition Book Description:

This is the fourth edition of a clear, effective study guide written by Mr. Olsen to help students in an introductory-level college biology course master the fundamentals ' and get the best possible grade. Written especially for non-majors, the concise explanations of core biology concepts are accompanied throughout with helpful illustrations and tables. The author's objective is to illustrate how the concept of evolution is the key to understanding the major sub-disciplines of biology, including genetics, ecology, biodiversity, botany, and zoology.

Understanding Human Anatomy Through Evolution Second Edition

Understanding Human Anatomy Through Evolution   Second Edition
Author : Bruce D. Olsen
Publisher : Lulu.com
Total Pages : 232
Release : 2009-05-09
ISBN 10 : 9780578021645
ISBN 13 : 0578021641
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Human Anatomy Through Evolution Second Edition Book Description:

Mr. Olsen wrote this book on human anatomy from an evolutionary perspective for college undergraduates with no previous college-level math or science. It contains an introduction to the nature of science and biological evolution in addition to a clear and comprehensive description of basic human anatomy. With over one hundred references, a detailed index, and more than 40 black-and-white illustrations and tables, this book is the perfect supplement to a standard anatomical atlas or textbook with color illustrations.

Cosmology and New Testament Theology

Cosmology and New Testament Theology
Author : Jonathan T. Pennington
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 224
Release : 2008-05-22
ISBN 10 : 9780567357618
ISBN 13 : 0567357619
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cosmology and New Testament Theology Book Description:

For first-century people, cosmology was a fundamental part of their worldview. Whether it was the philosopher contemplating the perfection of the heavenly orbits, the farmer searching the sky for signs of when to plant his crops, or the desert-dwelling sectarian looking for the end of the world, the cosmos held an endless fascination and occupied a prominent place in their understanding of life. For most ancient peoples, cosmology and theology were inseparable. Thus, when the Jewish and Christian Scriptural traditions begin with the bold claim, "In the beginning God created the heavens and earth," these words make statements which are at once cosmogonic, cosmological, and theological. Scholarship has begun only recently to investigate more fully the various cosmological and cosmogonic traditions that were current in the time of the Old and New Testaments. Much of this work, however, has focused on how OT conceptions of the world compared to other Ancient Near Eastern traditions. Much less has been done on the cosmological traditions which stand behind the views of the NT writers. Even fewer works have sought to connect cosmological views with NT theology. In light of the great importance that cosmology had in ancient peoples' worldviews and theological understanding, a thorough investigation of this neglected topic is in order. Cosmology and New Testament Theology systematically examines the NT documents to show how cosmological language and concepts inform, interact with, and contribute to the specific theological emphases of the various NT books. In some NT books, the importance of cosmology can be easily discerned, while in others what is required is a new and close examination of key cosmological terms (e.g., heaven, earth, world, creation) with an eye to the themes and theology of the book.