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Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan wrote about the miracle of books and their contribution to human development:

"For 99 percent of the tenure of humans on earth, nobody could read or write. The great invention had not yet been made. Except for firsthand experience, almost everything we knew was passed on by word of mouth. As in the children’s game “Telephone,” over tens and hundreds of generations, information would slowly be distorted and lost.

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 not 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 our 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 over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses."

That quote appears in an essay called "The Path to Freedom, which is in the book: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. 1

And now, with the development of the Kindle ebook reader, which Amazon sells below its cost, a person can carry thousands of book with them everywhere, without first renting a truck. Also, printed books seem to long to mildew; ebooks don't mildew.

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  1. book cover Carl Sagan & Ann Druuyan, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark," Ballantine Books 1997. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store Available in Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook and Audio CD formats. comments:

    "A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace."

  2. The Los Angeles Times review:

    "A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought."

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