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Written by Jeff Wagg   

As many of you know, I recently spoke at Dragon*Con, which was an absolute blast. Dragon*Con's crowd is a bit different than what you'd encounter at TAM or any of the other skeptics conferences in that the people there aren't necessarily skeptics. This leads to questions like... "Where can I learn more about skepticism?" That's a larger topic than this article will allow, but I CAN tell you what should be in your mailbox.

There are several excellent publications out there. I consider these "must read" material.

The oldest by far is Skeptical Inquirer. Published by the Committee for Scientific Inquiry (formerly CSICOP), each issue brings a wide variety of articles on topics that concern many skeptics. It has an excellent index of resources for skeptics as well.

There is also Skeptical Briefs, which is available only to associate members of CSI. These articles are written by the community's most prolific and favored writers, and contain content found only there.

The Skeptic Society prints the library-quality Skeptic magazine, with in-depth articles, beautiful artwork, and a column by James Randi. It's also home to the excellent Jr. Skeptic: a colorful pull-out section aimed at kids.

Some non-us publications include:

The Skeptic, out of the UK

The Skeptic, out of Australia

Indian Skeptic, out of India

And of course if you become a member of the JREF, you'll receive the JREF Newsletter, a publication sent by postal mail with content not found on the website.

I urge you to subscribe to as many of these publications as possible. And when you're done with them, consider donating them to an old age home or library. You never know who might pick one up and discover that they're a skeptic.

 

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Indian skeptics skeptical about themselves?
written by andsaywedid, September 16, 2009
Jeff - the link to the Indian Skeptic magazine goes to a site ranting AGAINST the magazine. Had me confused there for a second...
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written by Poor Bastard, September 16, 2009
A list of free resources would be much appreciate by us financially challenged students. Surely informed skepticism isn't only for those that can afford subscriptions.
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Oh, look
written by Ranson, September 16, 2009
David Mabus is back. He must be off his meds again; he's hitting a lot of the other usual websites. He tried to pray a bunch of people into exploding the other day at Pharyngula.
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written by GeekGoddess, September 17, 2009
@PoorBastard My local library carries many of these magazines. You can go read them there, for free. Also, you can subscribe to eSkeptic for free, which carries some of the content of Skeptic magazine. Skeptic and Skeptical Inquiry post part of their content on their websites.
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I'd love to subscribe to all of these publications...
written by Michieux, September 17, 2009
...but on a budget (read skint) thanks to over five years of virtual unemployment -- "virtual" because I do receive a trickle of work as a freelance proofreader/copyeditor -- it's difficult to justify any but the most important purchases, like the things one needs to keep body and "soul" together, and I class an internet connection among those things. And thanks to the internet connection, I am not completely sidelined from society and can participate in many things, like the JREF and heaps of other valuable and entertaining sites. I usually give when I can, but subs to magazines, no matter how good, are not available to me right now.

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written by Skeptic Guy, September 17, 2009
Let's take advantage of as many of these resources as possible and burn in hell together.
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Thanks, but we could use more!
written by COOL Skeptic, September 17, 2009
A list of useful websites (like Quackwatch) would be most helpful.

Personally, since I teach Defense Against Dark Arts (the tricks ads and politicians and spammers use) to elementary school children, I'd like to know if there are any kid-friendly skeptical sites. I have to leave out religion in my teaching but the kids recognize the standard tricks. I just use other examples. Many of the 419 scams use religion in their cons, and those are fair game.
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Moonbats
written by GMJ, September 18, 2009
Link to a blog and some comments that follow about LCROSS and other space related news. In the comments some of moon bats are worries about "NASA bombing the moon."
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written by GMJ, September 18, 2009
http://slog.thestranger.com/sl...n-to-earth
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Critical thinking without the "S Word."
written by bkthorp, September 18, 2009
There are also some tremendous mainstream publications that publish material of a critical bent. The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's are especially strong. There was a story in The New Yorker one or two weeks ago about the pseudoscience used by arson investigators that have led to countless wrongful convictions. One of the decade's best pieces of journalism. Blew my mind.
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@COOL Skeptic
written by pxatkins, September 18, 2009
Wow! What an admirable calling. Any chance you have curriculum material you can share?
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Don't let down your guard...
written by skepticnj, September 24, 2009
Hey, bkthorp...

While I agree with your sentiment, don't forget that it was the New Yorker that started the cancer from power lines nonsense. We must remain vigilant.
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