Skeptical Reading List

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This page is a list of books that have been mentioned on the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe and SGU 5x5 podcasts.

Author Title SGU episodes Gutenberg link Main theme
Charles Darwin On The Origin of Species 38 2009 Evolution
Stephen Jay Gould Wonderful Life 38 Evolution
Niles Eldredge The Pattern of Evolution 38 Evolution
Pat Shipman Taking Wing 38 Evolution
Stephanie Muller The Neanderthals 38 Evolution
Donald Johanson Lucy's Child 38 Evolution
Delta Willis The Hominid Gang 38 Evolution
Carl Sagan Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors 38 Human psychology
Lloyd Pye Everything You Know Is Wrong 42 Pseudoscience
Eugenie Scott Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction 42 Nature & Evolution
Susana Martinez-Conde Sleights of Mind: What the neuroscience of magic reveals about our brains 396 Human psychology
Raymond Moody Life After Life 462 Religion & Faith
Eben Alexander Proof of Heaven 462 Religion & Faith
Bill Nye Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation 473 Evolution
Scott Weems Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why 473 Neuroscience
Anonymous Book of Job 473 8018 Religion
David Kirby Evidence of Harm 7 Science & Medicine
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 7 Fantasy
Carl Sagan Demon Haunted World 10 Logic & Philosophy
Debra Frasier On the Day You Were Born 10 Science & Education
Greg Fritz God Made You Special 10 Religion & Faith
Philip J. Klass The Real Roswell Crash Saucer Cover Up 10 UFOs & Aliens
Philip J. Klass UFO Abductions, A Dangerous Game 10 UFOs & Aliens
Robert A. Baker They Call it Hypnosis 10 Human psychology
Robert A. Baker Hidden Memories: Voices and Visions from Within 10 Human psychology
Robert A. Baker Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome 10 Human psychology
Robert A. Baker Missing Pieces: How to Investigate Ghosts, UFOs, Psychics, and other Mysteries 10 Paranormal
Robert Park Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud 11 Pseudoscience
James Burke The Day The Universe Changed: How Galileo's Telescope Changed the Truth and Other Events in History that Dramatically Altered Our Understanding Of the World 14 History
Michael Shermer The Science of Good and Evil 5 Psychology
Michael Shermer The Borderlands of Science 5 General science
Michael Shermer Denying History 5 History
Michael Shermer How We Believe 5 Psychology
Michael Shermer Why People Believe Weird Things 5 Psychology
Chris Mooney The Republican War on Science 15 Politics
Glenn Sparks Media Effects Research, A Basic Overview 16 Media
Joe Nickell Inquest on the Shroud of Turin 17 Religion
Joe Nickell Secrets of the Supernatural 17 Pseudoscience
Joe Nickell Looking for a Miracle 17 Religion
Joe Nickell Missing Pieces 17 Paranormal
Joe Nickell Secret of the Sideshows 17 Pseudoscience
Lloyd Pye Everything You Know is Wrong 19 UFOs & Aliens
E. B. White Charlotte’s Web 19 Fiction
Susan Blackmore The Meme Machine 91 Human psychology
Jennifer Ouellette Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self 453 Human psychology
Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, Stanley Schachter When Prophecy Fails 24 Human psychology
Terence Hines Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: a Critical Examination of the Evidence 31 Pseudoscience
Susan Clancy Abducted 31 UFOs and Aliens
Margaret Singer Cults in Our Midst 36 Religion & Faith
Robert Jay Lifton Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism 36 Human psychology
Eric Hoffer The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements 36 Human psychology
Carol Tavris Anger, the Misunderstood Emotion 521 Human psychology
A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh 521 Fiction
Karen Stollznow God Bless America 445 Religion & Faith
Karen Stollznow Haunting America 445 Religion & Faith
Chris Mooney The Republican War on Science 434 Politics
Richard Wiseman The As-If Principle 434 Human psychology