The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

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Penguin, Nov 2, 2006 - Religion - 304 pages
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Carl Sagan's prophetic vision of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled potential of the next great development in human spirituality

The late great astronomer and astrophysicist describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, Sagan presents his views on a wide range of topics, including the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets, creationism and so-called intelligent design, and a new concept of science as "informed worship." Originally presented at the centennial celebration of the famous Gifford Lectures in Scotland in 1985 but never published, this book offers a unique encounter with one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century.


  

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First off, the pictures in this book are beautiful. - Goodreads
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This is a book based Sagan's Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology given in 1985. The title comes from the fact that William James' book "The Varieties of Religious Experience" was based on James ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vishnu Ramasubramanian - Goodreads

It is Carl Sagan at his best. But if you've read Cosmos there is nothing much new here except for the last 4 chapters in which he examines the god hypothesis, the nature of religious experience and the role religions could play in preventing nuclear war. It is certainly an interesting read. Read full review

Contents

Editors Introduction
Authors Introduction
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Eight
Nine
SELECTED QA
Acknowledgments
Figure Captions
Index
Credits
Copyright

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Carl Sagan was Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, and Voyager spacecraft expeditions to the planets, for which he received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize and the highest awards of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, and many other awards, for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. His book Cosmos (accompanying his Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning television series of the same name) was the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and his bestselling novel, Contact, was turned into a major motion picture.

Carl Sagan was Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, and Voyager spacecraft expeditions to the planets, for which he received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize and the highest awards of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, and many other awards, for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. His book Cosmos (accompanying his Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning television series of the same name) was the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and his bestselling novel, Contact, was turned into a major motion picture.

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