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Meet the Creators

We are grateful to the many people who contribute advice and support to Junior Skeptic. In addition, these three people create most of the content on a day-to-day basis:

Daniel Loxton

Editor, Daniel Loxton

Daniel Loxton was the Editor (2002–2021) of Junior Skeptic (the 10-page kids’ science section bound within Skeptic magazine).

He is the author and illustrator of the national award-winning kids’ science book Evolution: How We And All Living Things Came to Be (translated into Russian, Slovenian, Korean, Norwegian, and, in a modified form as the separate book Evolução, Portuguese). Evolution won the 2010 Lane Anderson Award recognizing the best Canadian science book for young readers. It has also been named a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award (recognizing the best Canadian nonfiction book for young readers) and the Ontario Library Association’s prestigious Silver Birch Award.

Daniel is also the author and illustrator (with Jim WW Smith) of Ankylosaur Attack, Pterosaur Trouble, and Plesiosaur Peril (the “Tales of Prehistoric Life” series, for ages four and up, from Kids Can Press) and the co-author with Donald Prothero of Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (Columbia University Press).

Daniel has written for critical thinking publications including Skeptic, Skeptical Briefs, eSkeptic and the Skeptical Inquirer, and contributed cover art to Skeptic, Yes mag, and Free Inquiry.

In a previous career, Daniel was a silvicultural shepherd for ten years (working mostly along the BC side of the Alaska panhandle).

Pat Linse

Co-publisher, Pat Linse

Pat was the Co-publisher and Art Director of Skeptic magazine until her death in July 2021. She was the creator of Junior Skeptic, and wrote many of the early issues. She was the Producer for (and contributor to) several Junior Skeptic-based book projects in development. Pat was a long-time commercial artist specializing in film and advertising.

Jim WW Smith

Contributing Illustrator, Jim WW Smith

Jim is an illustrator based in Victoria, B.C., Canada. He regularly contributes illustrations to Junior Skeptic, working closely with Daniel.

Jim’s specialties are computer generated (CG) imagery and cartoons. Jim creates many of the 3D models featured in Junior Skeptic’s realistic CG scenes, which are then textured and composited into complete scenes by Daniel. Most of the cartoons in Junior Skeptic are collaborations, featuring Jim’s drawing and Daniel’s digital painting.

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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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