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This is a collection of books recommended by North Texas Skeptics. Check 'em out! And remember - if you use the links on this page to purchase any of these books from, a portion of your money goes back to us. Just click on the book image to obtain price, availability, reviews, etc. And thanks in advance for your support.

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

StengerHas Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe
by Victor J. Stenger

In this book, Stenger tackles cosmology, alternative medicine, reports of psychic phenomena, and similar subjects to dispute claims by some scientists that religion and science are beginning to merge. He'll be speaking at our April 2004 meeting if you'd like to see him in person!

Reeder/AinsworthNine Hallmarks of Highly Incompetent Losers
by Pat Reeder with Laura Ainsworth (Foreword by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee)

Authored by two former NTS Vice-Presidents who now run The Comedy Wire, this book is stuffed with hilarious (but true) examples of sheer incompetence. The skills Reeder and Ainsworth acquired as corporate trainers and communications gurus enabled them to separate these stories of failure into nine basic categories of mistakes that everyone makes again and again with the goal of helping people avoid making these mistakes themselves. To learn more, read about Pat Reeder's lecture on the book in the March 2002 North Texas Skeptic. Mention that you heard about this book from North Texas Skeptics, and the authors will donate a 15% cut to us!

EdisThe Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science
by Taner Edis

Re-examines the ancient question of whether or not God exists while maintaining that complexity, intelligence, and even religious experiences can be explained by naturalist arguments that cast doubt on the existence of any spiritual reality. Former NTS President Virginia Barnett is one of the reviewers. For more information, read about Edis's visit to the NTS in the December 2003 North Texas Skeptic.

PennTellerPenn & Teller: Bullshit! [Season One]

This 3-DVD set contains the complete first season of Penn & Teller's controversial and highly entertaining Showtime series. 13 half-hour episodes dealing with alien abduction, psychic mediums, alternative medicine, second-hand smoke, sexual quackery, and much more. Includes many extras, including a bonus episode on ghost sightings, an interview with James Randi, and deleted scenes and outtakes.
[Region 1 - TV-MA] May not be suitable for younger viewers due to mature subject matter and strong language.

Larson Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion
by Edward J. Larson

Reexamines the now-infamous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925 during which evolution was put on trial before the American public. A fresh and attentive look at all of the major players, including William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. To learn more, read John Blanton's review in the April 2001 North Texas Skeptic.

EmpiricusOutlines of Pyrrhonism
by Sextus Empiricus (Translated by R.G. Bury)

Authored in the Roman Empire during the third century CE, this is perhaps the definitive ancient text on Pyrrhonian skepticism as a viable philosophy, presenting an intellectual framework on how to conduct oneself in the absence of complete knowledge. A must-read for those who want a better understanding of skepticism as originally expounded by Pyrrho and his students.

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

Cold fusion? The Natural Law Party? Jacques Benveniste's "memory of water" claims? All this and more is discussed in this book by Park, who also authors the What's New column. A great primer for learning how to distinguish the good, the bad, and the ugly in scientific research.

Shermer3In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Biographical Study on the Psychology of History
by Michael Shermer

SeifeZero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
by Charles Seife

Shermer1Why People Believe Weird Things
by Michael Shermer

Siegfried2Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time
by Tom Siegfried

The God of Hope and the End of the World
by John Polkinghorne

The Age of the Earth
by G. Brent Dalrymple

The Guys
by Jim R Feliciano

The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory-The New Physics of Information (hardcover)
by Tom Siegfried

The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory-The New Physics of Information (paperback)
by Tom Siegfried

A Field Guide for Science Writers
by Deborah Blum (Editor), Mary Knudson (Editor)

Darwin and Historical Linguistics
by Stephen G. Alter

The Evolutionists
by Richard Morris

Spirituality for Dummies (For Dummies)
by Sharon Janis

Skepticism and Humanism : The New Paradigm
by Paul Kurtz

Toward a New Enlightenment : The Philosophy of Paul Kurtz
by Paul Kurtz, Vern L. Bullough, Timothy J. Madigan (Editor)

Cover When All the Gods Trembled : Darwinism, Scopes, and American Intellectuals (American Intellectual Culture)

Paul Keith Conkin

Cover Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

by J. K. Rowling

Cover Cranks, Quarks, and the Cosmos : Writings on Science

by Jeremy Bernstein

Cover The History of Hell

by Alice K. Turner

Cover Therapeutic Touch

by Bela Scheiber (Editor), Carla Selby (Editor)

Cover UFO Verdict: Examining the Evidence

by Robert Sheaffer

Cover The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence

by Peter A. Sturrock

Cover Quack : Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

by Bob McCoy, Robert McCoy

'Alternative' Healthcare : A Comprehensive Guide (Consumer Health Library)
by Jack Raso, Stephen Barrett (Editor)

Evolution : The Four Billion Year War
by Michael Majerus, William Amos, Gregory Hurst

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