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Melbourne Tour Great Success! Brains, Books, Both From #PodBiggen Books Night!

In saying that – it’s with thanks to everyone who took part in the Melbourne Skeptics / Eastern Hills Skeptics Meetup (the very first! I’m so honored!).

Many thanks also to Warren Bonnet for being such a wonderful and informed co-presenter, and all the fantastic people I hung out with – including Simon Taylor, Jason Ball, James, Catherine Donaldson, Richard Hughes, Belinda Nicholson, all the people from Monash, RMIT and Melbourne Uni who were incredibly accommodating, welcoming and gave great feedback. Really couldn’t have even dreamt of doing this without you – and also thanks to my friends for being encouraging to give it a try.

Here’s my list of twenty top books to encourage people to get into skepticism and I’ll post links to the ‘Science On Top’ episode which will feature the whole discussion from the night. I’ll post an edited, smaller version later on this week (after the jet-lag subsides somewhat…). Thanks to everyone again!

This design is featured on several items available via Token Skeptic merchandise – t-shirts, mugs, and so forth. The books listed are…

Sagan and Druyan – The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Bridgstock – Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal
Kelly – The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal
Singh and Ernst – Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine
Vyse – Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition
Carroll – The Skeptic’s Dictionary
Goldacre – Bad Science
Chabris and Simons – The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
Wiseman – Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things
McRae – Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas
Hecht – Doubt: A History
Shermer – Why People Believe Weird Things
Hood – The Science of Superstition
Loxton – Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be
Shapiro – Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools Of Us All
Radford – Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries
Plait – Bad Astronomy
Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio and Beyerstein – 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
Randi – Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions
Gardner – Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus.

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3 Comments

  1. […] has posted her Top 20 book list here, and I’ve heard good things about all of them so you should definitely check them […]

  2. […] You can also view Kylie’s list alone at the TokenSkeptic.org website. […]

  3. May 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve published the full list, including Warren’s recommendations, at http://is.gd/iLFZdJ for the critical thinker’s reading pleasure.

    Thanks again Kylie – the event was most enjoyable, and it was lovely to catch up with you. You were a brilliant first speaker for our combined membership!

    Lucas.