The Scope Of Skepticism Book – Interviews With Prominent Skeptics, Now In EBook Format

I did say it was in the works – The Scope Of Skepticism: Interviews, Essays and Observations From The Token Skeptic Podcast ebook is now available at and will be available via Amazon as a Kindle too very soon.

With over a hundred interviews conducted for the Token Skeptic podcast, one question remains open: what makes a skeptic a skeptic? Kylie Sturgess interviews an eclectic array of celebrities, personalities, politicians, activists, artists, scientists and “unsung” contributors, all with their own compelling stories to tell.

From Stephen Fry to Tim Minchin, Dr Pamela Gay to the Global Atheist Convention, The Scope of Skepticism is a collection of interviews and essays with some of the world’s most entertaining and intriguing people – providing food for thought on everything from paranormal claims, sex and relationships, education, art, science and faith.

The Scope of Skepticism features: Joey Haban, Caroline Watt, Tim Minchin, Stephen Fry, Daniel Loxton, Jennifer Ouellette, Desiree Schell, Sharon Hill, Julian Morrow, Scott Sigler, Indre Viskontas, Ben Radford, Lyz Liddell… and there’s even an essay or two, totalling twenty chapters in all.

If you’d like a paperback copy, that’s still available, via

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • kurt

    After skimming through the book, I am curious about your interview with Caroline Watt. You seemed very noncommittal about the question of paranormal phenomenon. Were you just being accommodating for Dr. Watt’s benefit, or do you see some value in para-psychological studies?

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Hi – if you notice, Dr Watt herself is skeptical about the question of paranormal phenomenon!

      I do see some value in parapsychological studies, as you put it – if it wasn’t for the fact that we have people like French, Wiseman, Watt and so forth who do familiarise themselves with the field, then how can we investigate and respond in return?

      I’m hoping that the lecture that Dr French gave at the World Skeptics Congress on the Bem paper, for example, will be shown on YouTube soon. THAT is a classic example of people who are familiar with the field then taking on the claims and investigating them further. We do need skeptics who are familiar with parapsychology, otherwise we’ll be criticised as coming from an uninformed position. After all, Dr Richard Wiseman has a PhD from Edinburgh’s Koestler Parapsychology unit!

      Other examples of institutes listed here: – you may notice that Anomalistic Psychology at Goldsmiths is listed there too.

      • kurt

        Well, if one wants to argue skeptically against, say, astrology, then it would be important to have some knowledge of the subject. But that doesn’t mean one has to become an astrologer oneself!

        I’m assuming that if Dr. Watt is conducting research in parapsychology, then she must feel it has some scientific validity, and is not simply teaching about it as an interesting historical chapter in the field of psychology. But perhaps I’m mistaken about that.

        • Kylie Sturgess

          Certainly reading the entire interview (there’s a paper she’s written that I have somewhere, where she argues for better documentation and testing of parapsychological studies, I should dig that out) will help. Certainly encouraging better science is a win for everyone.