Monday Morning Muse – Because Cute Can Be Creative Too.
Apparently the best Halloween costume of all time? Pup even has his own Facebook page.
Many of you would have read the blogpost on the recent talk at the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston by Christopher Hitchens, where he was asked a question by a young member of the audience:
Though he was asked a variety of questions from the audience, none appeared to elicit more interest than the one asked by eight-year-old Mason Crumpacker, who wanted to know what books she should read. In response, Hitchens first asked where her mother was and the girl indicated that she was siting beside her. He then asked to see them once the presentation was over so that he could give her a list.
Dawkins’ Magic of Reality, Greek and Roman myths, particularly those compiled by Robert Graves, anything satirical by Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (author of Infidel and Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations), PG Wodehouse (“for fun”), David Hume, and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
This is something I’ve been asked about often too – not just books for children (which has ended up becoming a several-part series investigation with Skeptical Books for Children – Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four and Skeptical Books For Children – Part Five - that I’ll redo and republish on this blog later this month) but also for adults. I’ll let you know when I rework the entire list and post it on this blog!
My top twenty list of books is not only covered in a podcast interview with Warren of Embiggen Books (On Great Books In Skepticism) – you can also buy merchandise featuring the whole Top Twenty list on the Token Skeptic podcast (which includes t-shirts, notebooks and other designs).
The full list of my Top Twenty is as follows:
- Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
- Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas by Michael McRae
- Why people Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer
- Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal by Martin Bridgstock
- Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
- Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh and Ezart Ernst
- Bad Astronomy by Phillip Plait
- Flim Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions by JamesRandi
- Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman
- The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceives Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
- 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology by Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio and Beyerstein
- The Skeptic’s Dictionary by Robert Todd Carroll
- The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal by Lynne Kelly
- The Science of Superstition (aka Supersense) by Bruce M Hood
- Doubt: A History by Hecht
- Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools Of Us All by Rose Shapiro
- Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition by Stuart Vyse
- Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be by Daniel Loxton
- Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries by Benjamin Radford
- Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus by Martin Gardner
Finally – the following is an extended interview stemming from a cute little commercial, but I loved it. Robyn Williams on the name he gave his daughter: