Past Meetup

Humanist Book Group: The Demon-Haunted World

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San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street · San Francisco, CA

How to find us

We will be in the Stong room on the ground floor

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Details

Join us in the Stong room as we discuss "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

We will be selecting the next book from those presented in person at this meeting. If you' like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it and bring a copy if you can. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available in the SF Public Library.

About "The Demon-Haunted World" (http://bit.ly/2NCVyrY):

"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."

If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first.

We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around.

This is not a Library Sponsored Program.