All Good Study Note Ideas (Have Probably Been Done By Some Other Skeptic Already)

Dear B,

A little while back I wrote the study guide to The Young Atheist’s Handbook and hoped that it would be of use to not only teachers but reading groups. Many popular novels being used in reading groups often have notes and guides in the back and publishing companies often have them on their websites too. You might even have a few from your high school years, used when studying novels. And Dr Novella’s books also have revision/study guide notes included with them as well.

What about popular titles by skeptics?

Study Guide Questions for Carl Sagan’s Book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – about two and a half pages.

Bookrags Study Guide – “This Study Guide consists of approximately 59 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more – everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Demon-Haunted World.

And it’s on iTunes as well.

Can’t really say much about the quality, as I haven’t downloaded the last two. But you can see a free quiz and discussion notes on their website.

Apparently there’s a sold-out study guide to Michael Shermer’s Why People Believe Weird Things, but again, I really don’t know about the quality and I’m not sure what it contains beyond this.

James Randi’s Flim Flam!: Psychics, ESP, Unicorns and Other Delusions? No study guide found.

Then I got wondering – what other books should have a study guide? I mean, I once found in a bookstore a study guide for Carl Sagan’s Contact but when do they become unnecessary? For example, a skeptical encyclopaedia doesn’t need a study guide. And I remember how grumpy I got about high school students who wrote essays where they clearly just read the notes rather than the book.

At any rate, as I started looking through more and more titles, and if you (or anyone else) have any suggestions as to what books might warrant a study guide or teachers’ notes – feel free to suggest.



About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former 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 regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
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. She files her nails while they drag the lake.