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Book Review Opinion, if anyone has read "The Varieties of Scientific Experience" by Carl Sagan Answered

Although I put this in the Science category, I am also looking for opinion.

Anyone that has read Carl's book; The Varieties of Scientific Experience I would like to hear from. Or if you have a general opinion concerning Mr. Sagan's books, also.

I just picked up this book yesterday at an outlet, and started reading it today. Already, only up to page 36, I am liking what I am reading.


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Kiteman

10 years ago

I've never read his non-fiction, and his TV stuff left me cold (fake teeth and plastic tan - shades of televangelism!). Not my TV style.

However, the reviews on Amazon seem very positive. I may add it to my list to read at Christmas.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Well, just don't be too put off by the subtitle. So far as I have gotten into the book, he isn't straying from scientific methodology. :-)

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

I'm not, I jst don't have time for much reading during term time.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Oh ok sorry if I sounded like I was pre-emptying or prejudging you

It is, so far, light in nature, very readable for the average person.

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kelseymhKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, but aren't they worth it when Vanna gives them to you?

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I don't think the silicon is in the valley in this case ;-) Unless that means the valley is created by...

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KentsOkay

10 years ago

I think a book club is in order...

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lemonie

10 years ago

Heard of him, but not read any of his stuff. L

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kelseymhlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

If you don't know whether something is real or not (but could be a safety or security threat if it is), then it's irresponsible not to do some investigation. That the USAF brought in an actual working astronomer should be considered a good thing.

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lemoniekelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Oh yes, I wouldn't disagree. Hence it's a good thing to have someone like Carl associated with the area. L

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Well, so far, his interest (according to the book I am currently reading) is totally scientific (that is, he wrote he hears a lot of stories, but there seems not to be a single shred of evidence - hard evidence - especially in the abduction cases - for them to have been here.

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lemonieGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Er, if you are associated with Project Blue Book you're tagged with UFOs regardless of your findings, which I believe were those. L

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

How many people remember 1966 when he was brought in to Project Blue book?

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Actually, the 2 projects that preceded Blue Book were Project Sign and Project Grudge. All were somewhat interconnected. But it was Project Blue Book that eventually became the burden that they just wanted to dump through insufficient evidence of anything extraterrestrial.