Monday, November 10, 2008

Other Skeptical Resources

Magazines
The best part of skeptical magazines is reading the letters commenting on the articles in the next issue. You always get some alternative ways of looking at things.

Skeptic Magazine

Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Briefs


Newsletters

eSkeptic Newsletter

Skeptoid Newsletter


Skeptical Magazines Outside US:

The Skeptic, (out of the UK)

The Skeptic, (out of Australia)

Indian Skeptic, (out of India)


Podcasts

Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
(SGU) is *the* weekly podcast on skepticism and science. Steven Novella and his hilarious and snarky skeptical "rogues" are so funny and informative people can't wait to download the new episode each Saturday.

Skeptics 5x5
Because people can't last a whole week without hearing from Dr. Novella and gang, they have a 5 min. podcast each Wednesday to keep people's thirst for science and skeptical banter quenched.

For Good Reason
For Good Reason is the interview program hosted by D.J. Grothe, promoting critical thinking and skepticism about the central beliefs of society. Interviews often focus on the paranormal, pseudoscience and the supernatural. Each episode of For Good Reason also features an audio essay by Jamy Ian Swiss, The Honest Liar. The show is produced in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation.

Skepticality
The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine features the very fun and friendly Derek and Swoopy (yes, Swoopy, and she's very cool).

Monster Talk
MonsterTalk is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith, Ben Radford, and Dr. Karen Stollznow, MonsterTalk interviews the scientists and investigators who shine a spotlight on the things that go bump in the night. For once (and unlike mystery-mongering television shows) a monster-themed program gives skepticism more than just a couple minutes of lip service!

Skeptoid
Brian Dunning does frequent but very brief episodes each dedicated to a single topic. He covers many issues that are new to may (like the magical "hum") and others that may get a lot of people agitated (such as criticism of the film, Supersize Me!). I often don't agree with the spin he puts on some things, but I have learned to reconsider and research a lot of things I wouldn't have otherwise, for example, nuclear power.

Point of Inquiry
"Produced by the Center for Inquiry...each episode combines incisive interviews, features and commentary focusing on CFI’s issues: religion, human values and the borderlands of science."

Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!

Curiosity Aroused
Can dieting help you live longer? Can dogs sense earthquakes? Do vaccines cause autism? Do blondes really have more fun? Curiosity Aroused is a show built upon the idea that it's fun to seek out the answers to life's questions.

The Infidel Guy
From the Infidel Guy Site: "Since 1999, The Infidel Guy show has brought you uninterrupted freethought and science-minded guests such as Michio Kaku, Dan Barker, Ken Miller, Michael Shermer, Asia Carrera, Richard Dawkins, Massimo Pigliucci, James Randi and many others. At our site and on our show we take a truthful and investigative look at religious beliefs, political systems, social issues, economic systems, the paranormal, pseudo-science and scientific claims. We feature freethought news, an arcade, forums, chat room and free freethought downloads as well as paid memberships to all IG content."

Other Skeptical Podcasts:

Quackcast
Logically Critical
The Pseudo Scientists(Young Australian Skeptics)
The Skeptic Zone
The Amazing Show starring James Randi
Psyconoclasm
Geologic Podcast
The Conspiracy Skeptic Podcast
The Reality Check
Are We Alone?
Science Podcast: Free Podcasts from Scientific American
Science Podcasters
Center Stage
This Week in Science
Reasonable Doubts
The Completely Unnecessary Skeptical Podcast(The CUSP)
Brain Science Podcast
The Amateur Scientist
Astronomy Cast
Token Skeptic
Radio Freethinkers
Rational Alchemy
Skepchick Podcast
Skeptically Speaking
The Skeptographers
The Tank Vodcast
Two Smokin' Hot Freethinkers

Blogs

Related to the SGU are several blogs by its hosts:

Neurologica
Steven Novella (Neurologist) on skepticism in (mostly) medical news.

The Rogues Gallery
Authored by the cast of SGU.

Science Based Medicine
Multi-authored blog started by Dr. Novella.

Memoirs of a Skepchick

Blog by SGU's very sexy and smart Rebecca Watson.

Crap-based Medicine
A blog that started as a joke by Rebecca Watson. The joke is there is no true dichotomy of "evidence based" medicine and "alternative" medicine. There is only evidence based and crap based medicine.

Other blogs:

SWIFT Blog
Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the JREF's daily blog, featuring content from James Randi, the JREF staff, and other featured authors.

Skepticblog
Authored by the cast of the Skeptologists, a new pilot skeptical reality show.

Bad Science
Ben is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dodgy government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks. He has written the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003. It’s archived on this site along with blogposts, columns for the British Medical Journal, and other stuff.

Skeptico
"Critical thinking for an irrational world."

Bad Astronomy Astronomer Phil Plait fights misuse of science with a focus on astronomical absurdities.

Respectful Insolence

"The miscellaneous ramblings of a surgeon/scientist on medicine,
quackery, science, pseudoscience, history, and pseudohistory (and anything else that interests him)"

Mano Singham's Web Journal
Mano Singham is a theoretical physicist at Case Western Reserve University.

Just A Theory
A blog that deals with the misconceptions of science spoken from people who say, "well that's just a theory". The misconception being that scientists just dream up ideas and claim them as facts.

Richard Wiseman's Blog
Psychologist, magician, and author Prof Richard Wiseman posts daily on quirky mind stuff. Based at University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

The Gotham Skeptic
Gotham Skeptic is the official blog of New York City Skeptics.

Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York.



Forums

James Randi Forum

The Skeptics Society Forum

Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Forum

Skepticality Forum

Skeptic Friends Forum

Richard Dawkins.net Forum

Freethought & Rationalism Discussion Board

CFI Forums

Skeptalk E-Mail Discussion List

Skeptoid Forum

The Skeptical Community

Project Reason Forum


Other Resources

The Skeptic's Dictionary
An encyclopedia of many things to be skeptical about from the skeptic's point of view.

Quack Watch
Steven Barrett's guide to questionable medical practices and alternative "therapies."

Snopes.com
Next time you hear a crazy story at the water cooler or get a ridiculous scary email forward from Aunt Edna, check here first. However, as always don't let this be your only source, especially since snopes purposely includes a few fake entries just to prove that point.

SkepticWiki
An ever-growing encyclopedia of topics of interest to skeptics from the skeptical point of view.

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

Promotes scientific skepticism, science education and critical thinking.

James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)
The JREF was founded by James Randi, a magician who is famous for offering money for anyone who can prove a supernatural claim. He has exposed many falsehoods and frauds such as Uri Geller, faith healer Peter Popoff (see video), and even showed that erudite professors studying psychic phenomena can be fooled by people trained in the art of trickery. (see video)
By the way, a lot of famous skeptics are magicians because they have learned how easy it is to fool people and can spot these tricks being used by others.

Grassroots Skeptics Resources
Grassroots Skeptics is a volunteer organization that promotes critical thinking and a reason-centered worldview by helping local skeptics groups to share tools, information and strategies, and connect with skeptical individuals and activists both locally and globally. This is Grassroots Skeptics Resource page. It indexes many excellent resources like local groups, websites, blogs, media, and a Skeptical Speakers Bureau.

The Mythbusters
This well known Discovery Channel show makes skepticism fun and brings science to the masses. Take this Mythbusters quiz on urban legends. As for the accuracy of the answers, you'll have to verify that yourself!

The New England Skeptical Society
This successful group is responsible for the podcast The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe as well as numerous blogs.

The Skeptics' Society

Scientific and educational society founded by prominent skeptic, Michael Shermer. Publishes Skeptic Magazine (see above).

What's the Harm?

This website answers the question skeptics often hear, "What's the harm if someone believes in...?"

National Center for Science Education
"The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of the creation and evolution controversy, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious affiliations."

Sense About Science
Sense About Science is an independent charitable trust promoting good science and evidence in public debates. We do this by promoting respect for evidence and by urging scientists to engage actively with a wide range of groups, particularly when debates are controversial or difficult.

Why Is Science Important?

Critical Thinking 101

Resurch+ORG
"RESURCH+ORG started as my personal collection of links, references, insights, and inspirations that I have compiled while writing The Skepdad Blog. Since launch, it has grown thanks to the contributions of numerous users."

Skepticator
An aggregator for skeptical news.

Museum of Hoaxes
"Examining dubious claims and mischief of all kinds," you could browse the many interesting entries all day.

1 comment:

Science, Reason and Rational said...

Thank you for promoting SRR. It's a good choice... ;-)

Nick