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Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.001.0001

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 A Light in the Darkness

 A Light in the Darkness

Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan is a public intellectual and the best-selling author of Cosmos, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence, and many other books. His science fiction novel, Contact, was made into a popular, major motion picture in 1997. Sagan is well known for his interests in extra-terrestrial life and is closely linked to the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence). As a scientist, Sagan educated the public about “Nuclear Winter”, the idea that a nuclear war could precipitate an unprecedented ice age that might render the Earth largely uninhabitable. Sagan became notorious in certain circles for his forays into religion, which he viewed with skepticism.

Keywords:   public intellectual, Cosmos, The Demon-Haunted World, The Dragons of Eden, Contact, extra-terrestrial life, SETI, Nuclear Winter, skepticism

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