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Offline trgwr

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Need children's books that promote skepticism/science
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:04:10 PM »
(I know this topic has been posted before, so if you've provided responses on a previous post, feel free to ignore. I've searched those threads already. And thank you.)

Please post suggestions for children's books that promote skepticism and science, especially those that might assist in counteracting the very pervasive religious upbringing that my children are subjected to. I would love stuff that raises the concepts of cognitive biases, logical fallacies, and other skeptical concepts that are helpful at seeing through fundamentalist thinking.

Novels are much better at keeping my kids' interest, but I'm open to anything. Age range 3-10 currently, but I'm trying to plan for the teenage years, as well. Thanks in advance.


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Re: Need children's books that promote skepticism/science
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 04:51:27 PM »
By the time they are teens there will likely be more out. It seems the market is growing.

I can only speak for the pre k and lower grade level type stuff as that is where we are right now.

Some favorites in our house are:

Grandmother Fish  by Jonathan Tweet and Karen Lewis
Dog and Me by Gene Weingarten
Older than The Stars by Karen C. Fox
Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

I have heard good things about Christian Mythology for Kids but we don't own a copy as my kids are not quite old enough.

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Re: Need children's books that promote skepticism/science
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 08:51:13 PM »
Check out the Danny Dunn series from the 50s through 70s, available on Kindle I think.
A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.
Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”
Knight turned the machine off and on.
The machine worked.


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Re: Need children's books that promote skepticism/science
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 09:20:15 AM »
"The Fall of Freddy the Leaf," is a somewhat sideways way of approaching this, as it's a non-religious book about discussing death with children. How much religious belief is driven by fear of death and its consequences?

I also recommend the "They Might be Giants" cd "Here Comes Science."

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"Science Is Real"

Science is real
From the Big Bang to DNA
Science is real
From evolution to the Milky Way
I like the stories
About angels, unicorns and elves
Now I like those stories
As much as anybody else
But when I'm seeking knowledge
Either simple or abstract
The facts are with science
The facts are with science

Science is real
Science is real
Science is real

Science is real
From anatomy to geology
Science is real
From astrophysics to biology
A scientific theory
Isn't just a hunch or guess
It's more like a question
That's been put through a lot of tests
And when a theory emerges
Consistent with the facts
The proof is with science
The truth is with science

Science is real
Science is real
Science is real

Science is real

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Re: Need children's books that promote skepticism/science
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 01:07:05 PM »
Someone should play that song on Fox and Friends so Trump hears it.

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Re: Need children's books that promote skepticism/science
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 11:54:38 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. And I welcome any additional ideas, no matter how far in the future someone runs across this thread.