A Skeptical Required Reading List – In Graphic Form

Here’s my skeptical reading list! It’s even available on a Token Skeptic shirt!

This is with many thanks to Catherine, of Faster Pussycat Productions.

The last time I caught up with Warren of Embiggen Books in Melbourne for a podcast, we ended up doing a tremendous discussion on Great Books In Skepticism – Podblack’s Book Club With Embiggen Books, with the following recommendations:

And with that announcement, expect to see me and members of the Young Australian Skeptics at Embiggen Books on Saturday, 3rd March. More details as I confirm what we’re doing… but I suspect it’ll be a book-launch!
However, I do have a extended booklist, which does need a little updating… feel free to suggest new entries that I’ll post on this site.

  • Dan Barker – Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics (ages 6 and up)
  • Bill Nye’s books
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki’s books – all ages
  • Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser’s books
  • Dr Stephen and Lucy Hawking – “George’s Secret Key to the Universe”
  • Ellen Jackson – The Tree of Life : The Wonders of Evolution by Ellen Jackson (4-8 yrs)
  • Diane Swanson – Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science (ages 9-12); Turn it Loose – The Scientist in Absolutely Everybody (ages 7 to 12).
  • John Gribbin – Dazzling Discoveries (ages 10-12).
  • Lynne Kelly – The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal (ages 10-15).
  • Tim Yule and Keith Baxter – Sasquatches from Outer Space : Exploring the Weirdest Mysteries Ever (ages 9-13).
  • Philip J Klass – Bringing UFOs Down to Earth (ages 9-12).
  • Joe Nickell – Wonder-Workers! How They Perform the Impossible by Joe Nickell (ages 9-14); The Real Life X-Files and its sequel(ages 10-12).

Older Readers (Aged 12 and up):

  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan (ages 15 and up)
  • Hyman Ruchlis How Do You Know It’s True? : Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition (ages 12-15).
  • Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar – ages 10 – 18.
  • ‘Games’ by Robin Klein – a novel – ages 10-15.
  • Contact by Carl Sagan – a novel – ages 15 – 18.
  • ‘Zara’ by Mary Hooper – a novel – ages 10 – 15.
  • ‘Avenging Janie’ by Lynne Kelly – a novel – ages 14 – 17.
  • Abracadabra! : Secret Methods Magicians & Others Use to Deceive Their Audience by Nathaniel Schiffman – ages 10-13.
  • The Physics of the Buffyverse and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales of Pure Genius and Mad Science by Jennifer Ouellette – ages 14-18.
  • Straight Dope – The Books by Cecil Adams – ages 14-16.
  • How to Fossilise Your Hamster and Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze by Mick O’Hare – ages 14 – 17.
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – a novel – ages 14-17.
  • Kaz Cooke – Girl Stuff: Your Full On Guide to the Teen Years.
  • Daniell, Ellen – Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists. Yale University Press, US. 2006.
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – a novel – ages 14-17.

New To Skepticism? Building Up Your Skeptic Library? Consider the following as useful texts for either yourself or for others who question:

  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
  • The Elusive Quarry: A Scientific Appraisal of Psychical Research by Ray Hyman
  • Missing Pieces: How to Investigate Ghosts, UFOs, Psychics, and Other Mysteries by Robert Baker and Joe Nickell
  • The Triumph of Evolution (and the Failure of Creationism) by Niles Eldredge
  • The Ancestor’s Tale : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
  • Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner
  • The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal by Lynne Kelly
  • The Psychic Mafia by M. Lamar Keene
  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles McKay
  • Case Closed by Gerald Posner
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
  • Crime Science: Methods of Forensic Detection by Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer
  • Science : Good, Bad and Bogus by Martin Gardner
  • How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich
  • The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens
  • Psychic Sleuths and Secrets of the Supernatural by Joe Nickell and John Fischer
  • Pseudoscience and the Paranormal by Terrence Hines
  • Bad Astronomy : Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax” by Phil Plait
  • Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions by James Randi
  • An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi and Arthur C. Clarke
  • Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • Spook : Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
  • Them : Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
  • The Men Who Stared At Goats by Jon Ronson
  • A Physicist’s Guide to Skepticism: Applying Laws of Physics to Faster-Than-Light Travel, Psychic Phenomena, Telepathy, Time Travel, UFOs, and Other Pseudoscientific Claims by Milton Rothman
  • UFO’s : A Scientific Debate edited by Carl Sagan and Thornton Page
  • Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless by Steve Salerno
  • Why Darwin Matters : The Case Against Intelligent Design by Michael Shermer
  • Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer
  • Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution : Modern Physics for Non-Scientists by Richard Wolfson
  • Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman
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