The Varieties of Scientific Experience

The Varieties of Scientific Experience

A Personal View of the Search for God

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Sagan sets down his detailed thoughts on the relationship between religion and science and describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. In 1985, Sagan was invited to give the famous Gifford Lectures in Scotland on the grand occasion of the lectureship's centennial. The result is this delightfully intimate discussion of his views on topics ranging from the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets to the danger of nuclear annihilation of our own, on creationism and so-called intelligent design to a new concept of science as "informed worship" to manic depression and the possible chemical nature of transcendence. In his trademark clear and down-to-earth voice, the late astronomer and astrophysicist illuminates his conversation with examples from cosmology, physics, philosophy, literature, psychology, cultural anthropology, mythology, theology, and more.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781594201073
Branch Call Number: 215 SAG
Characteristics: xviii, 284 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Druyan, Ann 1949-


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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.

Jan 27, 2018

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

Mar 29, 2011

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

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