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New to Skepticism?

It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas … If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you … On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.

“The Burden of Skepticism” by Carl Sagan in Skeptical Inquirer (Fall 1987)

If you are new to skepticism, then the UK-Skeptics website offers an excellent introduction, as does this Skepticblog by Steven Novella.

For a broader overview of skepticism, there is a wide variety of podcasts and blogs. To help guide towards some of the best ones, here are the 2011 nominees for the Ockham awards, organised by The Skeptic Magazine (UK).

Best Podcasts

Best Blogs

For all the latest news, then visit…

James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)
What’s New? by Bob Park
Quackwatch newsletter by Stephen Barret

Skeptics in the Pub (SitP)

SitP is a monthly event where people can meet and discuss science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. At each event a speaker is invited to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. There are now about 40 towns and cities throughout the UK & Ireland hosting Skeptics in the Pub events. Why not go along and join in?

… and if you need to find out something in particular, then check out the Skeptic’s Dictionary.