[Review] Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future, by Donald R. Prothero


As a skeptic, I've an interest in pseudoscientific claims in general, and in those of it's evil clone from an alternate universe of anti-reality, science denialism. Why the concern? Because denial of scientific facts that gets expressed as public policy is dangerous, especially in the case of modern medicine rejection, or denial of and inaction …

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[Review] God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States, by Karen Stollznow


Ever wanted to find out what’s really going on with the more…unusual religious and spiritual practices in the United States? It seems to me as though the best way to see a set of beliefs and practices is to view it as an outsider — but doing that from the perspective of a rival faith …

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[Review] Think: Why You Should Question Everything; by Guy P. Harrison


I've just read this book, the newest release by one of my favorite authors, and it played a major role in my latest milestone as a skeptic, the third one thus far. The first two were the collapse of my early religious indoctrination as a teen and my personal 'genesis' as a self-identified skeptic in …

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Course Review: Argumentation – the Study of Effective Reasoning


This course from the Teaching Company, taught by Northwestern University professor David Zarefsky, has long been one of my favorites where home study is concerned and life situation, tuition, textbook, and travel expenses make de facto college study cost-prohibitive. This set of twenty-four thirty-minute lectures, in a set of four DVDs, is a good introduction …

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Book Review: The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons


via Daniel Simons This book, subtitled And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, concerns several everyday workings of our brains that can sometimes mislead us in dangerous ways, the cognitive illusions of attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, causation, potential, and finally tying all these together in a sort of meta-illusion, intuition itself. Now what do I …

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