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Author : Carl Sagan
language : en
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date : 2011-07-06
Download The Demon Haunted World written by Carl Sagan and has been published by Ballantine Books this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2011-07-06 with Science categories.
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
Author : John Ellis
language : en
Release Date : 2016-07-09
Download How Science Works Evolution written by John Ellis and has been published by Springer this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2016-07-09 with Medical categories.
Evolution is just a theory, isn’t it? What is a scientific theory anyway? Don’t scientists prove things? What is the difference between a fact, a hypothesis and a theory in science? How does scientific thinking differ from religious thinking? Why are most leading scientists atheists? Are science and religion compatible? Why are there so many different religious beliefs but only one science? What is the evidence for evolution? Why does evolution occur? If you are interested in any of these questions and have some knowledge of biology, this book is for you.
Author : Jerry A. Coyne
language : en
Release Date : 2015-05-19
Download Faith Versus Fact written by Jerry A. Coyne and has been published by Penguin this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2015-05-19 with Science categories.
The New York Times bestselling author explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail. What we read in the news today is full of subjectivity, half-truths, and blatant falsehoods; and thus it is more necessary now than ever to safeguard the truth with facts. In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne aims to do exactly that in the arena of religion. In clear, dispassionate detail he explains why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion—including faith, dogma, and revelation—leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Coyne is responding to a national climate in which over half of Americans don’t believe in evolution (and congressmen deny global warming), and warns that religious prejudices and strictures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise. Extending the bestselling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable “truth” by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. Coyne irrefutably demonstrates the grave harm—to individuals and to our planet—in mistaking faith for fact in making the most important decisions about the world we live in.
Author : Robin Le Poidevin
language : en
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date : 2010-10-28
Download Agnosticism A Very Short Introduction written by Robin Le Poidevin and has been published by Oxford University Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010-10-28 with Philosophy categories.
What is agnosticism? Is it just the 'don't know' position on God, or is there more to it than this? Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief? Who were the first to call themselves 'agnostics'? These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction. He sets the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historical and cultural phenomenon. What emerges is a much more sophisticated, and much more interesting, attitude than a simple failure to either commit to, or reject, religious belief. Le Poidevin challenges some preconceptions and assumptions among both believers and non-atheists, and invites the reader to rethink their own position on the issues. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Author : Clyde Freeman Herreid
language : en
Publisher: NSTA Press
Release Date : 2012
Download Science Stories written by Clyde Freeman Herreid and has been published by NSTA Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2012 with Education categories.
Stories give life and substance to scientific methods and provide an inside look at scientists in action. Case studies deepen scientific understanding, sharpen critical-thinking skills, and help students see how science relates to their lives. In Science Stories, Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy Schiller, and Ky Herreid have organized case studies into categories such as historical cases, science and the media, and ethics and the scientific process. Each case study comprises a story, classroom discussion questions, teaching notes and background information, objectives, and common misconceptions about the topic, as well as helpful references. College-level educators and high school teachers will find that this compilation of case studies will allow students to make connections between the classroom and everyday life.
Author : Robert J. Harris
language : en
Publisher: Floris Books
Release Date : 2014-09-08
Download Thor Is Locked In My Garage written by Robert J. Harris and has been published by Floris Books this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2014-09-08 with Juvenile Fiction categories.
Brothers Greg and Lewis are enjoying a heatwave in the summer holidays -- until Loki, the god of mischief, buries St Andrews in a huge blizzard! Loki is determined to conquer the universe and will stop at NOTHING to get his way. Greg, Lewis and their friend Susie must make a perilous journey to Asgard, the City of the Gods, to foil Loki's evil plan. Luckily, Thor, the god of thunder, has turned up to help them. Unfortunately, he's locked in the boys' garage... The hilarious sequel to The Day the World Went Loki is filled with monsters, mischief and everyone's favourite Norse gods.
Author : Robert H. Feuerstein
language : en
Release Date : 2013-02-20
Download Our Road To Hatred How We Raise Our Bullies written by Robert H. Feuerstein and has been published by BookBaby this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2013-02-20 with Social Science categories.
Has anyone ever told you a big lie? Were you devastated when you found out the truth? What if it became apparent that you and I, and billions of other people, are living lies that date back 2,500 years and are affecting our children? Some ten years ago, the Human Genome Project released its results: “DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans.” In other words, no person, regardless of skin color, appearance, or behavior, has enough genetic deviation from other people to classify him or her as genetically different from anyone else. White is not white, black is not black. Race only exists in a web of lies, and homosexuality is as normal as heterosexuality. But that’s not what we learn from our parents and educators. So where did mankind get all of its ideas of supremacy and hatred, and how does this lead to bullying? Our Road to Hatred—How we Raise our Bullies is a common-sense observation of how bullies learn to be bullies, how bullies get empowered, and how you and I enable bullying. It's a far-reaching exposé on how mankind passes down, from generation to generation, the ignorance and hatred that has led to oppression, discrimination, abuse, genocide, and more. It provides insight to the origins as well as solutions to this disturbing behavior. And in spite of science now revealing startling new information about ourselves, it also reveals why hatred and bullying still persist. Many conflicts encountered by humanity are explored. The Israeli/Palestinian morass, immigration, homosexuality, racial issues, among others, are all reduced to easy-to-understand terms, boiled down from the experts in their fields. Readers will be challenged to reset their thinking based on historical information, and new, simply-explained, scientific discoveries about humanity and how it affects raising our children. Regardless of what religion anybody reading this might be, wherever anybody thinks their ancestors came from, or whatever “race” they list on applications or the census, there will most assuredly be a few surprises for all. If you are a parent or intend on having kids one day, or just interested in how humanity arrived at its polarized views and received its license to practice bullying, hate, and worse, this is one of the most important books you will ever read. Certain to be provocative, to stir conversation, debate and controversy, Our Road to Hatred—How We Raise our Bullies is a compelling book that promises its readers this: You will see yourself, and your fellow humans, as never before. Check out Ourroadtohatred.com or see our video on YouTube.