This one is hard to rate. For the most-part, I like Carl Sagan and share a lot of his opinions. I expected to enjoy this book, but it ended up being a struggle to get through. I appreciate his concern that society is far more interested in "pseudoscience" (alien abduction, crystal healing, astrology, etc.) than it is with real science. I agree that more should be done to foster an interest in science in our children. I agree that a little skepticism for most of us would probably be a healthy thing.
But ultimately, I didn't learn a whole lot from this book. I was hoping that he wouldn't just *tell* me how wonderful science was - I was hoping he would *show* me. He spent plenty of time bashing many things that have brought a lot of people comfort or joy (including just about every major religion), but he took very little time showing the wonders that can be found looking through a microscope, or through a telescope, or by careful study of our planet.
Overall, I was just really disappointed. I just expected more from it....Continua
Sagan's last book debunks many popular myths and urban legends and calls for society to rediscover a concern for scientific enquiry in order to free itself from superstition