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Michael Shermer’s
West Coast book tour

Over the next two weeks, Dr. Michael Shermer will be speaking at the following venues and signing copies of his latest book Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design. Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Lecture Series at Caltech. He is the author of Science Friction, The Science of Good and Evil, How We Believe, Why People Believe Weird Things, In Darwin’s Shadow, Denying History, and The Borderlands of Science.

Saturday, September 9th, 7:30–9 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Contact Pam Grange   |   650-856-0978   |   [email protected]
Sunday, September 10th, 4–6 pm
Cody’s Books, 2 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Contact Melissa Mytinger   |   415-773-0444   |   [email protected]
Monday, September 11th, 7:30–9 pm
Powell’s Burnside, 1005 West Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Contact Michal Drannen   |   503-228-4651 x5889   |   [email protected]
Tuesday, September 12th, 7:30–9 pm
presented by Elliott Bay Book Co. at
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle 98101, phone 206-652-4255
Contact Karen Maeda Allman   |   206-624-6600   |   [email protected]
There will be a $5 charge at the door for this event, to pay for the Town Hall venue.
Thursday, September 14th, 7:30–9 pm
Tattered Cover Bookstore, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Contact Margaret Maupin   |   303-322-1965 x1269   |   [email protected]

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Speakers at Environmental Wars

The Environmental Wars:
a five part set of lecture recordings!

Our 2006 conference, the Environmental Wars, is now available in DVD, VHS, CD and audio cassette formats. The lectures (which took place at Caltech on Saturday, June 3rd) are sold individually, or as a five part set at incredible discounts!


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Detecting Baloney

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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Wisdom of Harriet Hall

Top 10 Things to Know About Alternative Medicine

Harriet Hall M.D. discusses: alternative versus conventional medicine, flu fear mongering, chiropractic, vaccines and autism, placebo effect, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture, “natural remedies,” and detoxification.

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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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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 can you tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Mind altering experiences 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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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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