I just finished reading this book. I found it very enlightening. I would like to share a quotation: Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grand children's time-when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstitions and darkness. Have the issues of science education and skeptical thinking as it relates to the American public improved or degenerated since Sagan published this book in the late 1990's?