Our goal is “to encourage curiosity and promote rational thinking”, hence the positive title of the organisation. At the same time, this inevitably means battling against irrationality and pseudoscience. We are pro-science and pro-evidence, which means we are anti-woo and anti-quack. In short, we like skepticism, but not cynicism. We like nerds and geeks, but we hate bogus things without a jot of evidence.
Despite being a relatively-young charity, our work has taken many forms, including encouraging excellence in the teaching of maths, successfully challenging NHS spending on homeopathy, sponsoring awards for science blogging, organising awareness-raising campaigns about the nature of psychic claims, screening a documentary about James Randi & skepticism, investigating and reporting dangerous alternative health treatments, publishing factsheets on common pseudosciences, and more.
Over the coming years, we hope Good Thinking will sit alongside all the other excellent initiatives in UK skepticism, such as the Skeptics in the Pub network and QEDcon. Follow us on twitter @GoodThinkingSoc for news of activities, or use the sign-up form to subscribe to our newsletter.
Simon Singh – @SLSingh
Good Thinking is a Registered Charity No.1147404
The Good Thinking Society is a small charity that is pro-science and anti-pseudoscience. Our latest major project is a mathematics education initiative based in secondary schools, which begins later this year. This project will be seeking funds from a range of organisations that support STEM education, but Good Thinking’s other projects are largely funded by donations from its founder, Simon Singh.
He will continue to fund Good Thinking with further donations and by offering to speak at fundraising events for any institution interested in lectures on cryptography, alternative medicine, The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets, cosmology, Fermat’s Last Theorem and science in the media. The goal was to raise £20,000 at ten such events in 2014 and 2015. So far, Simon has raised over £11,000 through his lectures – thanks to everyone who has supported Good Thinking in this way. If you want to donate to Good Thinking by booking a talk from Simon, you can find out more and get in touch with us.
Good Thinking is particularly grateful for a donation of almost £4,000 from QEDcon in 2013, and a further donation of £3,000 in 2015. We are also grateful to those individuals who have supported us by donating over £5,000 in the first half of 2015. Find out how you can join them by making a one-off or monthly donation to help support our work.