Guest what? I met some new people at the last @VirtualDS chat! Yeah, I know you’re all getting used to this by now, but for me, this never gets old. Anyway, I was asked by one of these new people what I thought would be great resources for a beginning skeptic. So I thought and I thought and I came up with not that much, so I lobbed the question into the twitterverse and came up with this following short list. I’m sure I’ve missed something, but I wanted just a short and meaningful list just for someone who was starting out.
- Skeptic’s Dictionary – A wonderful repository of all things skeptical
- Skeptic Magazine
- Skeptic Blog
- Grassroots Skeptics – This site has a huge list of skeptical resources of all kinds and a “Skeptical Speakers Bureau” with people & bios and references.
- “The Demon-Haunted World” – Carl Sagan – This book contains the “Baloney Detection Kit”
- “Why People Believe Weird Things” – Michael Shermer
- “Bad Science” – Ben Goldacre
- “Quirkology” – Richard Wiseman
Skepticism and Belief:
A related topic that comes up very often with new skeptics, and seems to be showing up in discussion quite a bit lately is the relationship between skepticism and atheism.
“Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe” episode #246 has a good discussion of the skepticism/atheism question.
(If you don’t know this podcast you should really check it out)
Skepticality (podcast) episode #57 – On being a Skeptic of Faith, Dr. Hal Bidlack, Ph.D.
Science and Religion – Again – Steven Novella (from Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe)
Further Thoughts on Atheism – Daniel Loxton
Do you have a resource, book, podcast, website, or something that would a good start for a new skeptic? Post it in the comments.