Saturday, April 25, 2020

TheDemon Haunted World

The Demon-Haunted World, the astrophysicist Carl Sagan, in which the author aims to explain the scientific method. Carl wants society to understand, accept, and encourage science that goes far beyond the movement of planets. The text begins as a scholarly and deliberate attempt to explain how important intellectual curiosity is to science. Carl thinks Americans are getting dumber and less into knowing science. Sagan exults over his love of science as he warns about the "dumbing down" of America

My first favorite chapter of the book is chapter 2. 
This is my favorite chapter because it's all about love for science and hope for science. In this chapter, Sagan starts to expose his thoughts on the government. He believes the government is making us dumber for their benefit. He begins to use the example of the movie 'Dumb and Dumber'. Also in this chapter, he talks about religion. Religion is a hugely controversial topic that science disapproves of a lot of there beliefs. This chapter made me really think about science and finding out answers.

Chapter 4 
This chapter discusses aliens. Sagan begins the chapter describing what it would be like to be paralyzed and something is in your room. He goes on to say it was a dram but what if it isn't? This made me think deeply about dreams and what they correspond to. Sagan recounts being in high school and thinking about flying saucer. He said it was exciting to think about, however, the science just didn't add up. Nobody could explain moving like the speed of light. 

Chapter 6
This chapter was about hallucinations and active imaginations. The question Sagan asks is at what point does active imagination become hallucinations. Carl Sagan doesn't tell the reader where the line is but asks that it be considered when trying to sort out the claims of those involved with UFOs, alien abductions, the paranormal, and other pseudoscientific phenomena. Sagan tells that ads on aliens are targeted for the gullible. 
In conclusion, this book has reminded me that it is nice to think about aliens and pseudoscience but to always remember the real science behind it. If you like to investigate the real reasons behind what some beliefs are then this book is for you. 

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