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Here is a list of things to read, watch, and listen to. Feel free to send suggestions for our list to <info  AT scienceandreason  DOT  ca>. ASR does not necessarily endorse any of the following, nor do the thoughts, ideas, and  opinions expressed in the following necessarily represent the mandate of ASR. Also, they’re in alphabetical order.


The Conspiracy Skeptic podcast:

Evolution 101:

Geologic Podcast:

The Infidel Guy Show:

LSAT Logic in Everyday Life:


Point of Inquiry:


Quirks and Quarks (CBC radio):

Reality Check (Ottawa Skeptics):

Scientific American:

Science Friday on NPR:


Skeptically Speaking (University of Alberta radio show):

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe:


This Week In Science:


Aeitiology (science):

Bad Science (The Guardian):

Bad Astronomy (Phil Plait)

Cosmic Variance (Discover Magazine):

The Frame Problem (skepticism):

Free Thinking (CFI):

NeuroLogica (Dr. Steve Novella):

Pharyngula (PZ Meyers):

Rationally Speaking:

Respectful Insolence (science and skepticism):

Richard Wiseman’s blog:

Sandwalk: Strolling with a skeptical biochemist (Canadian):

Science-based Medicine:


Skepticblog (by the Skeptologists):

Zeno’s blog (skepticism):


David Attenborough documentaries

Flock of Dodos

Letting Go of God (Julia Sweeney)

The Power of Myth (Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell)



The Daily Planet

David Attenborough documentaries



50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, by Guy P. Harrison

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens, by Susan A. Clancy

The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby

Amazing . . . but False!: Hundreds of “Facts” You Thought Were True, but Aren’t, by David Diefendorf and James Randi

Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray, by Helen Fisher

The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution, by Richard Dawkins

The Ape and The Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections Of a Primatologist, by Frans De Waal

At the Water’s Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea, by Carl Zimmer

Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, by Dr. Paul A. Offit, MD

Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax,” by Phil Plait

Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O, by Christopher Wanjek

The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner

The Big Con, by David Maurer

The Biology of Belief: How Our Biology Biases Our Beliefs and Perceptions, by Joseph Giovannoli

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Blank Slate, by Stephen Pinker

The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

The Brain and the Inner World, by Mark Solms and Oliver Turnbull

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge

Breaking the Spell, by Daniel C. Dennett

The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, by Michael Shermer

Can We Be Good Without God?: Biology, Behaviour, and the Need to Believe, Robert Buckman

The Counter-Creationism Handbook, by Mark Isaak

Creating Mind, by John E. Dowling

Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, by Barbara Forrest

Crime Science: Methods of Forensic Detection, by Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer

Cults in Our Midst, by Margaret Thaler Singer

Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, by David Sloan Wilson

Deception & Self-Deception: Investigating Psychics, by Richard Wiseman

The Demon-haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science, by Massimo Pigliucci

Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?, by Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, by Antonio R. Damasio

Did You Spot the Gorilla?, by Richard Wiseman

Dragons for Sale: Studies in Unreason, by Robert E. Wheeler

Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-scientists, by Richard Wolfson

An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, by James Randi and Arthur C. Clarke

Everyday Irrationality: How Pseudo- Scientists, Lunatics, And The Rest Of Us Systematically Fail

Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion (compendium)

To Think Rationally, by Robyn Dawes

Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend, by Barbara A. Oakley

Evolution For Everyone, by David Sloan Wilson

Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters, by Donald R. Prothero

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles McKay

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (Popular Science), by Martin Gardner

Flim-flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions, by James Randi

Full Facts Book Of Cold Reading, by Ian Rowling

The Happiness Myth, by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking, by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford

How Do You Know It’s True?: Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition, by Hyman Ruchlis

How the Mind Works, by Steven Pinker

How to Play in Traffic, by Penn & Teller

How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, by Theodore Schick

How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, by Michael Shermer

How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer

How We Die, by Sherwin B. Nuland

How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life, by Thomas Gilovich

How We Live, by Sherwin B. Nuland

Human Memory: The Processing of Information, by Elizabeth F. Loftus

Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free, by Charles Pierce

The Joy of Physics, by Arthur W. Wiggins

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, by Philip Zimbardo (of “the Stanford Prison Experiment”)

Making Sense of Evolution, by Massimo Pigliucci

Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics, by Dan Barker

Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us, by Benjamin Radford

Memory, by Elizabeth F. Loftus

The Men Who Stare at Goats, by Jon Ronson

Mind Magic: Extraordinary Tricks to Mystify, Baffle and Entertain, by Marc Lemezma

The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Explores Myth, Medicine, and the Human Body, by Sherwin B. Nuland

The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, Edited by Tom Flynn

On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul, by Kenneth R. Miller

The Pattern of Evolution, by Niles Eldrige

A Physicist’s Guide to Skepticism: Applying the Laws of Physics to Faster-than-light Travel,

Pre Thoughts, by Banachek

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely

Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, by Terrence Hines

Psychic Phenomena, Telepathy, Time Travel, UFOs, and other Pseudoscientific Claims, by Milton Rothman

Psychokinetic Pen, by Banachek

Psychological Subtleties, by Banachek

Psychological Subtleties 2, by Banachek

Psychophysiological Thought Reading, by Banachek

Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends…and Pseudoscience Begins, by Charles M. Wynn

The Quest For Consciousness, by Christof Koch

Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things, by Richard Wiseman

Real-life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal, by Joe Nickell

The Road to Xenu, by Margery Wakefield

Science and Nonbelief, by Taner Edis

Science: Good, Bad and Bogus, by Martin Gardner

Science Confronts the Paranormal, by Kendrick Frazier

The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule, by Michael Shermer

The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior, by Helen E. Fisher

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Sham: How the Self-help Movement Made America Helpless, by Steve Salerno

Shattering Illusions, by Jamy Ian Swiss

The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body, by Steven Mithen

The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind, by Richard E. Leakey and Roger Lewin

The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions, by Robert Todd Carroll

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal, by Lynne Kelly

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, by Mary Roach

Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious, by Timothy Wilson

Summer For The Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion, by Edward Lawson (Pulitzer Prize-winning)

SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable, by Bruce M. Hood

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character), by Richard Feynman

Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are, by Joseph LeDoux

Tales of the Rational, by Massimo Pigliucci

Them: Adventures With Extremists, by Jon Ronson

Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial, by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst

The Triumph of Evolution (and the Failure of Creationism), by Niles Eldredge

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffer

Truth-driven Thinking, by Stephen L. Gibson

Uncommon Sense, by Alan Cromer

Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, by David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober

A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain, by John J. Ratey

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, by Carl Sagan (Author), Ann Druyan (Editor)

Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud, by Robert L. Park

Weird Science: An Expert Explains Ghosts, Voodoo, the UFO Conspiracy, and Other Paranormal Phenomena, by Michael White

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life, by Sandra Aamodt

Wonderful Life, by Stephen J. Gould

Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, by Michael Shermer

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, by Michael Shermer

Why We Hate, by Rush Dozier Jr.

Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love, by Helen Fisher

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, by Neil Shubin

3 responses to “Media”

  1. Lisa Johnson says:

    R Kudlac says:
    “Glad to find your site. Correction of an item on the list:
    Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain is a book by neurologist Antonio R. Damasio”

    Thank you very kindly for pointing that out! I have fixed the mistake.


  2. R Kudlac says:

    Glad to find your site. Correction of an item on the list:
    Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain is a book by neurologist Antonio R. Damasio

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