book 16: the demon-haunted world


The book the Demon-Haunted World is written by Carl Sagan. The book is classified as science and philosophy. The main purpose of the author is to encourage sceptical and critical thinking in the world where information is constantly cascading, and where humans have free reign to manipulate data.

Which I wholly agreed to; in social media and the internet in general. Nowadays, people post information without providing sources and credibility, and though there are few who points it out, many openly receive it without checking the truth or researching for details. In today’s trend, the more like a picture or information acquired, the more credible it is; people share and spread the information like a bush fire, allowing more people to be misled and tricked. Hence the reason I picked up this book, I have heard many people praise and acknowledged both the book and the author.

It was a hefty read, but I am glad I picked it up. The book dwell into topics not a lot of people would dare to explore; UFOs, science, and religions are some of the areas that were constantly referred to. Personally, the book gave me a greater understanding of current areas of my life and compel to question some of the principles and beliefs I stand for (which can be dangerous).

I cannot compliment and recommend this book enough. It is indeed an eye-opener, many of the points are things we are already aware of or something that the world is trying to remind us. It is a good reminder and a very insightful read.

The book is lengthy but do not be deterred by it, absorb as much as you can and apply.

“Books changed all that. Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and just those in power; to contemplate- with the best teachers – the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of ou history. They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads. Books can accompany us everywhere.Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go ver the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical to our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.”

Read and seek.


-Briane R



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