If I were to shove myself into a couple categories of things I like that I’m willing to admit publicly, we’d be looking at, in no order:
- Scientific Skepticism
I truly am that boring.
Let’s talk about scientific skepticism for a moment though. Carl Sagan came up with the term scientific skepticism, and it means a methodological approach to examining new claims by examining their empirical evidence and reproducibility, in particular extraordinary claims. This is usually just the scientific method, and no problem. But, skeptics have specialized knowledge that scientists may not have, like how to perform magic tricks, how things like cold reading are done, specialized knowledge of causes of seemingly paranormal effects and cognitive biases that might make a person experience a phenomenon when none is happening at all. In short, a skeptic is a person who loves bigfoot, UFOs, conspiracies, alternative medicine, all that kind of stuff, but doesn’t believe in any of it, and can tell you exactly why.
This idea permeates the vast majority of the links on this page. If you want a quick glimpse of what it is, click the link to the Skeptical Inquirer magazine and read some of the articles.
Magazines I like
Journal of Paranthropology – http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/. A free journal on fringe anthropology.
Science News – https://www.sciencenews.org/. The best science journalism there is. Bar none.
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine – http://www.csicop.org/si/. Some articles from the best skeptic magazine are online for free, but this is also a good place to get it. I love that mag.
Skeptic Magazine – http://www.skeptic.com/magazine/. The other best skeptic magazine sends out a weekly in depth article from the magazine in your email. For free. I love this one, too. Lots of great columns.
Australian Skeptics – http://www.skeptics.com.au/. Yes, also a magazine. A bit of it is Australia centric, but much of it is just good skepticism. Back issues available online for download.
Blogs I like
James Randi Educational Foundation – http://www.randi.org/site/. A Skeptic organization that famously has a million dollar prize for any pseudoscience proven. I’ve seen some of these tests. Awesome.
Bad UFOS – http://badufos.blogspot.com/. In my opinion, this is the best skeptic blog out there…but it only updates like once a month. So that sucks.
Universe Today – http://www.universetoday.com/. A great overall space and astronomy news portal.
Bad Astronomy – http://badastronomy.com/. An astronomy blog focused on correcting astronomical misconceptions, but it also veers into general science and general astronomy pretty often.
Nerdist Science – http://www.nerdist.com/section/science/. It’s pretty much just Kyle Hill writing science articles for Nerdist. He’s one of the good ones and barely gets anything wrong, even with my pedantic jerk self often fact checking for fun.
Podcasts I like
The Reality Check – http://www.trcpodcast.com/. The Reality Check is a weekly Canadian podcast on science, skepticism, and mythbusting. They’re wildly unprofessional, but the research is usually sound and they’re funny.
Monster Talk – http://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/. Monster Talk is a skeptical podcast on Cryptozoology. If you know what these words mean, you will probably love the podcast.
Skeptics With A K and Inkredulous – http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/podcasts/. The Merseyside Skeptics promote science, skepticism, and humor on Merseyside and internationally with these podcasts. SwaK is a general skeptical podcast that veers a liiiiittle too close to atheism and liberalism for my tastes, but they’re funny and the skeptical content is great. InKredulous is a comedy panel show…based on scientific skepticism. Really good stuff.
Exposing Pseudoastronomy – http://pseudoastro.wordpress.com/. Stuart Robbins debunks myths you hear about astronomy on the internet or on Coast to Coast.
Lexicon Valley – http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley.html. A podcast about linguistics for the layman. It’s really fun.
History of English podcast – http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/. Do you want to know more about the history of the English language than a 2 credit hour college course? This’ll do it. It’s also funny and super interesting with a lot of etymological asides.
Scott Sigler podcast novels – http://scottsigler.com/podcast/. Scott Sigler’s been giving his novels away for free online since like 2005. Some are horror, some are sci-fi space young adult sports mashups, some are just neat stories. All free though, and all recorded in excellent quality.
Mysterious Universe – http://mysteriousuniverse.org/category/podcasts/. Mysterious Universe is a podcast on paranormal topics with middle of the road skepticism. They don’t buy into some stuff, but other stuff they believe hook line and sinker. I’d say they’re 99 percenters. That is, they think 99 percent of paranormal phenomena has a natural explanation, but the rest of it doesn’t. So, listen with a grain of salt. The production value is second to none, though.
Other stuff I like
Carbon Dating – http://carbon-comic.com/. A top of the line science comic mostly on skepticism. I got a couple sneak peeks before it came out, and it’s still good.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – http://smbc-comics.com/. A comic mixing erudite jokes one day, then graph jokes about phalluses the next.
Rooster Teeth – http://roosterteeth.com/. I’ve been following these fellas since 2003 when they put out a Halo machinima series called Red vs. Blue. It changed my life. Everything they have touched since then has turned to gold.