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The Thinking Person's Book Club

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This month we will read "Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan.

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.