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Books that promote pseudoscience are often popular and profitable Much less marketable are those books which promote skepticism Nickell 106 The underlying theme in the first part of Carl Sagans book The Demon-Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark is that there can be overwhelming harmful effects if science is not used as a way to observe that which is not completely understood This means that people should study everything objectively and let popular beliefs interfere when drawing their conclusions In the last part of the book Sagan emphasizes that education is a tool which is much too rarely utilized Sagan 351 Even without stating it directly Sagans first theme stands out quite well It doesnt lurk behind sentences only occasionally poking its head out it parades in front the paragraphs saying look at me This is because Sagans writing is so vivid and potent He needs only to add a few comments and his examples explain themselves One the most obvious places this works is when Sagan writes about medicine and its relationship to science He describes how medicine was making huge advances until the middle ages when a lack of interest in science caused all progression to stop There was a century where no advances were made in any field Sagan 17 Disease ran rampant Sagan then writes about how medicine today has all but eliminated many once fatal diseases Here Sagan doesnt have to states his theme the message is clear where would we be without the medical advances brought about by science When people stopped using science as a tool to look at the world there was chaos In the beginning of the chapter entitled The Path to Freedom Sagan chronicles the rise of a young African-American named Frederick Bailey from an illiterate slave in Baltimore to becoming one of the greatest orators of his time He changed his name to that of a character in Walter Scotts The
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