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.
In our first year, Good Thinking initiated some modest projects aimed at highlighting quackery, encouraging good journalism and supporting grassroots activity.
This year we are building on existing projects and developing new ones. It is hard to predict the topics that will become our focus, but in essence 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.
Over the next few years, I 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 for news of activities – @GoodThinkingSoc.
Finally, if you are new to skepticism and want to find out the sort of things that interest and annoy skeptics, then below are some links that might be helpful.
Good Thinking is a Registered Charity No.1147404
The Good Thinking Society is a small charity, which is 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 is to raise £20,000 at ten such events in 2014 and 2015. Good Thinking is particularly grateful for a donation of almost £4,000 from QEDcon in 2013.