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Right now, we are all confronting one of humanity’s scariest enemies: epidemic disease. Are we brave enough to face this horror? You bet we are! We’ve done it every day during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid is new. Other diseases have plagued our ancestors since ancient times. Mighty civilizations have been devastated by the invisible invaders we call “germs.” But people are not helpless! Over centuries, we learned how to fight back against disease. Our strongest weapons are science and critical thinking. However, germs have a powerful ally: misinformation! How do ignorance and bad ideas help the germs win—and what can we do about that? Let’s find out! In this free issue of Junior Skeptic we cover:

  • Mindless Enemies
  • Plagues of the Ancients
  • Empires and Epidemics
  • Scientific Facts about Bubonic Plague
  • The Black Death
  • Fighting the Plague
  • Fighting Smallpox on American Soil
  • The Spanish Flu
  • Fighting Diseases Today
  • Defeating Covid-19

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Created in 1998 by Skeptics Society co-founders Pat Linse and Michael Shermer, and helmed since 2002 by national award-winning children’s science book author Daniel Loxton, Junior Skeptic boasts lively illustrations, in-depth ideas, and deep research. Each 10-page story offers a simple but thorough primer on a fringe claim, scientific mystery, or critical thinking theme, all told in Junior Skeptic’s engaging, easygoing signature style.


Dr. Michael Shermer on Free Speech & Censorship

August 15, 2020 at 2pm ET / 11am PT —  Registration required.
Presented by PhACT (Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking)

Join Dr. Michael Shermer on ZOOM for a free, online webinar this Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 2pm ET, 11am PT based on his latest book, Giving the Devil His Due, in which he defends free speech and heterodox thinking, and the need for skepticism now more than ever. This lecture is free to join, watch, and participate in using the Zoom online conference system.

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Social & Political Attitudes Study

Data and evidence are the bedrock of a skeptical and scientific worldview. With a convergence of data and evidence, we can reason our way to smarter solutions, more rational institutions, more ethical policies, and brighter futures. To contribute to this endeavor, the Skeptic Research Center (SRC) releases short reports that address a single issue or question. In case you missed our first five reports in the Social & Political Attitudes Study (SPAS), here they are again, along with the questions they were inspired by:

  1. SPAS-001: “Are Democrats more divided than Republicans?”
  2. SPAS-002: “Is political party identification associated with tolerant attitudes towards individuals with different political views?”
  3. SPAS-003: “Are there attitudinal differences between those who are tolerant versus intolerant?”
  4. SPAS-004: “Do attitudes towards inequality differ by political party affiliation?
  5. SPAS-005: “Do attitudes about language differ by political party affiliation?”

We will release SPAS-006 on Friday, August 21.

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

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