The Varieties of Scientific Experience

The Varieties of Scientific Experience

A Personal View of the Search for God

Book - 2007
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Carl Sagan's prophetic vision of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled potential of the next great development in human spirituality. The late great astronomer and astrophysicist describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, Sagan presents his views on a wide range of topics, including the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets, creationism and so-called intelligent design, and a new concept of science as "informed worship." Originally presented at the centennial celebration of the famous Gifford Lectures in Scotland in 1985 but never published, this book offers a unique encounter with one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780143112624
0143112627
Branch Call Number: 215 SAGAN
Characteristics: xviii, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Druyan, Ann 1949-
Soter, Steven - Editor

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KSpaulding
Mar 11, 2018

Maybe it has to do with the current socio-political climate, but it seems like any calm, rational, critical thinker is in terribly short supply lately. To read Carl Sagan's lectures about the history of the universe, from the big bang to the most (in 1985) up-to-date thinking about the future of the cosmos is to feel enlightened, informed, and even reassured that there at least was a tradition of humane, principled, and sincere dedication to reason and common sense, and that Carl Sagan was one of its greatest proponents.

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Rav_6
Jan 27, 2018

Excellent read. Gives the reader a sense of the vastness of the universe and how a scientific mind operates.

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Leynia
Dec 31, 2015

Super book. Sagan was brilliant, and an equally gifted communicator.

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sigridmac
Mar 29, 2011

Carl Sagan is a timeless genius. These lectures are very thought provoking.

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