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A Note from Michael Shermer
Executive Director of Your Skeptics Society

Big Names. Even bigger ideas. The Skeptics Society's Distinguished Science Lecture Series. Hosted by Michael Shermer

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts (and gods, angels, demons, and aliens and why they float, fly, and travel out of their bodies)

Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience like the examples that we list in this FREE PDF booklet? If so, you know how compelling they can be. A life can be changed or an entire religion founded on the basis of a single brain-generated hallucination. These phenomena are so powerful that throughout history seekers of knowledge have sought to induce them. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be more than a waste of time and energy. It can be dangerous for both the individual and larger society.

While science has made considerable progress in discovering how the brain is hard-wired to produce these illusions, the public is largely unaware of much of this research. This is where your Skeptics Society comes in—we provide the scientific explanation. Join us in our many efforts to do that.

It is time again to support
your Skeptics Society!

Below are some examples of new projects we have undertaken, as well as our ongoing endeavours. You can help support The Skeptic Society in our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation online using your credit card, or by downloading a printable donation card to make your donation by cheque. You may also make a donation by calling 1-626-794-3119.

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Promoting science and critical thinking through humor, wit, and satire

The Internet is packed with video clips supporting belief in every kind of paranormal claim, conspiracy theory and irrational belief system. As a resource for our Skepticism 101 offerings, and to reach more people through the power of YouTube we have begun to produce a series of videos to promote critical thinking through the use of humor, wit, and satire.

Thanks to generous donations we have produced four marvelous videos featuring Michael Shermer and Brian Dalton (aka: Mr. Deity). Dalton, a brilliant videographer and film maker produced these videos for a fraction of the cost of a production company, so your donations go a long way. You can watch all four videos in the playlist below.

Help Us Make More Videos Like These

Show your support for these videos and other educational projects by making a tax-deductible donation to the Skeptics Society. With your support we can spread the message of the power of science and skepticism to make the world a saner, safer place.

These and many more resources will be available at for free for teachers, professors, educators and students to access as part of this Skeptical Studies Program.

To that end please take a moment to donate and support this worthy project.

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Big names. Even Bigger Ideas.
Science lectures, on-line, on-demand.

The Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series has featured 350 top science writers lecturing on controversial and cutting edge science. We are currently working on a project to make these lectures available for rental online, on demand, around the world, at a price we think you will really like! Stay tuned to our free weekly email newsletter for details coming soon…

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We produce educational materials
for young people.

Junior Skeptic # 48: Mermaids (cover)

Our flagship effort for young people is Junior Skeptic magazine, crafted by editor Daniel Loxton, whose beautifully illustrated multi-award-winning book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be continues to be a bestseller. Junior Skeptic magazine, bound within every issue of Skeptic magazine, is the skeptical movement’s most sustained and substantial educational outreach project for children— and it needs your support. Help share that rare and beautiful tradition of scientific skepticism with a new generation of skeptics.

We offer educational adventures!

photos from various geology tours

Led by geologist and paleontologist Dr. Donald R. Prothero, our often multi-day tours and excursions take you to some of the best geologic wonders in the United States. Visit some of the richest dinosaur-bearing deposits in the world, and collect amazing trilobites. Decipher the geologic story behind the amazing scenery at Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef National Parks, Death Valley, Kelso Dunes, the Great Basin, Redrock Canyon and more. Along the way, we stop frequently to learn about the rocks beneath our feet, or gaze over breathtaking scenic vistas that tell a remarkable story. Be among the first to hear about our next geotour!

We make college and university-level courses available to everyone.

Skepticism 101: The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center. EXPLORE. EDUCATE. SHARE.

Over the past three years we have built up an extensive Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center at that we call Skepticism 101. It is designed to be used in any classroom anywhere in the world, from middle school to universities. It includes free for the downloading resources such as: reading lists, course syllabi, in-class exercises, videos, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations, YouTube links, and educational and entertaining demonstrations that illustrate key points of skeptical thinking. Your donations help us to continue expanding this resource center, helping to teach people not what to think, but how to think.

We fit in your pocket.

Skeptic magazine is available digitally for all major platform devices.

Skeptic magazine (every issue of which includes Junior Skeptic magazine) is available in both paper and digital versions in their entirety for your favourite handheld tablet or phone, as well as your PC or Mac computer! We also have apps for our two podcasts: Skepticality and MonsterTalk.

We continue to expand and improve
our website: homepage screenshot Shop Skeptic product page screenshot’s extensive resources include: article archives; lecture archives; rss feeds; free downloads; Skeptic magazine back issue listings; free music; free downloads; live broadcasts; free college and university-level course downloads; Shop Skeptic: our online store, where you can purchase subscriptions, DVDs, books, and cool swag; Junior Skeptic back issue listings; Skepticforum; information on how to get involved; MonsterTalk and Skepticality podcasts; and much more…

We keep you informed.

In addition to our website and magazine, as well as seeing you at University and college lectures around the world, we keep you informed through many other platforms:

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An Evening with Michael Shermer
for donations of $500 or more

Join Michael Shermer in his cliff-side home as he hosts a dinner party, wine tasting, and stargazing event on Saturday, December 14, 2013. We’ll have a spectacular sunset view of all of Southern California, and an 8-inch Meade telescope for some star gazing that night. The cost is $500/plate and it is tax deductible. For information or to reserve your seat call our office at 1-626-794-3119.

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We’re in this together.
We need your support.

The Skeptics Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. Please help us make the world a more rational place and defend the role of science in society by making a tax deductible donation now…

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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.

FREE PDF Download

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.

FREE Video Series

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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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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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?

FREE PDF Download

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…

FREE PDF Download

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!

FREE PDF Download

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.

FREE PDF Download

The Yeti or Abominable Snowman

5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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