Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Welcome TEDizens!

Here are some of the resources I recommended in the TED course Raising Children Without God:

Online Materials

  • Another compelling story about my son the critical thinker.

  • Richard Dawkins' letter to his 10-year-old daughter on "Good and Bad Reasons for Believing."

  • Video of Richard Dawkins' talk at Kepler's Bookstore (with my introduction).

  • Background on Time Banks USA, whose member communities are popping up everywhere as a nexus for people to pool their time and assistance.

  • Reading for Grownups (with links to Kepler's Bookstore for online ordering)

    Why People Believe Weird Things
    by Michael Shermer

    This book helped me understand my mind's vulnerabilities to infection by superstition and scams. It was my first step on the road toward critical thinking.

    A Devil's Chaplain
    by Richard Dawkins

    A series of clearly written essays for the layman on the theory of evolution, intelligent design, psychological adaptations and parasitic, religious memes.

    God Delusion
    by Richard Dawkins

    A no-holds-barred deconstruction of faith. Chapter 7 exposes some barbaric Biblical passages that my rabbis forgot to mention.

    Letter to a Christian Nation
    by Sam Harris

    A concise and compelling call to action. No other bathroom read will provoke you to change the world like this one.

    Skeptic Magazine

    A monthly dose of superstition debunked, featuring columnist James Randi.

    Reading for Kids (with links to Skeptics Society Store)

    Skeptic Jr. Magazine

    Each issue tackles a paranormal phenomenon, and shows where the thinking went wrong.

    Maybe Yes, Maybe No
    by Dan Barker

    Adventures of Andrea, a skeptic. Cartoon strip style. How to check out extraordinary claims.

    Sasquatches from Outer Space
    by Tim Yule

    Covers Astrology, bigfoot, the Bermuda triangle, ESP, corp circles, Loch Ness Monster,Vampires, and UFOs and aliens. A “Try This” section encourages critical thinking skills. (Ages 10-15)

    The Magic Detectives
    by Joe Nickell

    30 mysteries encourages readers to think for themselves before the solution is offered. (Ages 9-14)

    by Mary Packard

    Borrowing from their Discovery Channel TV show, Adam and Jamie evaluate and test claims, with lots of hands on fun for the reader.

    Finally, here's the video of my 7-year-old critical thinker, which many have asked me to post.

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