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27 Ways to Honor Charles Darwin

As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, the Skeptics Society put together a list of 27 items from our catalogue to help you honor the Sage of Down with books, DVDs, CDs, and back issues of Skeptic magazine devoted to Darwin and evolution. We have DVD/CD Lectures at Caltech by Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Pinker, Donald Prothero, Michael Shermer, Eugenie Scott, Robert Pennock, and Craig Stanford. We’ve got books by Jared Diamond, Dawkins, Prothero, and Shermer. And don’t miss our classic back issue of Skeptic on punctuated equilibrium v. Darwinian gradualism, and especially our How to Debate a Creationist.
Order these items for your library, and give them away as gifts.

The Best Evolution Book. Period.
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Evolution: What the Fossils Say
& Why it Matters
This is it! Geologist and paleontologist Donald Prothero’s magisterial masterpiece on what evolution is, how we know it happened, and why creationists and Intelligent Design theorists are wrong. A great introduction to the field or to get up to speed on the latest discoveries in the incredibly rich fossil record, with an emphasis on transitional forms. This book is produced on the highest quality paper with professional quality photographs, making it a bargain at only $30. A beautiful book.

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8 Hour PBS Special
narrated by Liam Neeson
Evolution
This DVD interweaves Darwin’s life with current research and explains why evolution is more important today than in Darwin’s time; consider important evolutionary changes that triggered the earth’s incredible diversity: the development of the four-limbed body plan; the journey of animal life from water to land; the emergence of humans; Why Sex?; The Mind’s Big Bang; What About God?, and MUCH more packed into this 8 hour special…
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How to Debate a Creationist
25 Answers to Creationist Arguments
Covers such topics as: What is Evolution?; The Relationship of Science and Religion; Debating a Creationist: An Evening With Duane T. Gish; Old and New Creationism: 25 Creationist Arguments and 25 Evolutionist Answers; The New New Creationism: Intelligent Design Theory and its Discontents; What is Science?; U.S. Supreme Court Ends the New Creationism; The Rise of Intelligent Design Theory…

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Revolution in Evolution
A Classic! Punctuated Equilibrium
versus Darwinian Gradualism
Includes: The Mismeasure of History: Darwin, Gould, and the Nature of Change by Michael Shermer; Punctuated Equilibrium at Twenty: A Paleontological Perspective by Donald Prothero; Punctuated Equilibrium in Fact and Theory by Stephen Jay Gould; Historic 1842 Sketch on Evolution by Charles Darwin; Darwin, Darwinism, and the Darwinian Culture by James Rogers, and more…

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A Darwin Day
200th Birthday Celebration
with Michael Shermer,
Joel Smith & Donald Prothero
A special celebration of the life and science of one of the greatest scientists in history. Historian of science Dr. Michael Shermer reviews the remarkable life of Darwin and explains how he arrived at his theory of evolution. Paleontologist and geologist Dr. Donald Prothero gives a brief overview of how evolutionary theory has changed since Darwin’s time. Biologist Dr. Joel Smith explains systems biology which allows us to construct detailed logic maps of the “circuitry” of living organisms known as Regulatory Networks…

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Monty Hall Problem Put to the Test

In a recent Scientific American column, Michael Shermer discussed the now-infamous (and infuriatingly counter-intuitive) probability problem called the Monty Hall Problem, or the Three Door Problem, in which a contestant chooses one of three doors, behind one of which is a car and the other two goats. A correspondent took it upon himself to test the game with his own computer program. Here are his very interesting results, which also nicely show the scientific method at work.

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Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can one tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience? If so, you know how compelling they can be. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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