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

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Penguin, Nov 2, 2006 - Science - 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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Very good. Sagan is a very good writer and is able to wind his way through technical issues or philosophical areas with great clarity. The book is a transcript of the Gifford Lectures he gave in ... Read full review

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I'm a Sagan addict, but this book didn't blow my mind. Transcribed from a series of lectures, it is a bit dated. I read it as an ebook and the slides didn't really sync very well with the content. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Editors Introduction
Authors Introduction
A MODERN LOSS OF NERVE
THE ORGANIC UNIVERSE
EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE
IMPLICATIONS FOR
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Carl Sagan was the David Duncan 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 missions to the planets and briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon. He helped solve many mysteries in planetary science from the high temperature of Venus to the seasonal changes on Mars. For his unique contributions, he was awarded the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievment and for Distinguished Public Service (twice), as well as the Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonautics Federation, the John F. Kennedy Award of the American Astronautical Society and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Space Education.

Carl Sagan (19341996) is the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of "Cosmos," the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and "Contact," which was the basis of a major motion picture.
Ann Druyan is Carl Sagans widow and long time collaborator.

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