Kids’ Skeptic Book Debuts With Raving Endorsements

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March 22, 2018

 

Kids’ Skeptic Book Debuts With Raving Endorsements

 

STEM Book for KidsA new skeptic book, Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? by Kimberly Blaker, debuted March 21, 2018.  The 73-page book for kids ages 9 to 13 explores the development and history of astrology and the claims made by astrologers and proponents. The author addresses the arguments both for and against its validity and examines the scientific evidence, or rather, lack thereof, for the validity of horoscopes. Readers also discover the tricks astrologers use to write horoscopes that create the illusion horoscopes are valid forecasts or assessments of personality.

Blaker explains, “Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is designed to help kids better understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills.” In this fun educational book, readers can do seven activities and experiments as they sleuth for the truth about astrology.

Michael Shermer, best-selling author of several books including Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia, publisher of Skeptic magazine, and monthly columnist for Scientific American, says, “this delightful book by Kimberly Blaker is the perfect balance of education and entertainment on a particular topic (horoscopes and astrology) . . . How do we know what is true? Science is the best tool we have, and this wonderful book should be gifted to every parent, teacher, and student.” 

What makes this book particularly unique is that it provides kids the tools and information needed to decide for themselves whether astrology is real or just a hoax. Blaker points out, “my objective is not to tell kids what to think, but rather show them how to think for themselves and come to logical conclusions.”

James Alcock, professor of psychology at Glendon College, York University, author of Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling, and fellow and member of the Executive Council for the Committee for the Skeptical Inquirer, says about Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery?, “Pseudoscience often appeals because it is fascinating and exciting, but this book demonstrates that critical thinking about pseudoscience can be just as fascinating and exciting, while having the additional advantage of dealing with what is real.”

The book has received additional endorsements by such celebrities as Harriet A. Hall, a retired family physician and Air Force surgeon and columnist (SkepDoc) for Skeptic magazine, and psychologist Susan Blackmore, one of Britain’s most renowned skeptics who’s done extensive research on paranormal claims.

Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is available in hardcover ($19.95), paperback ($13.95), and ebook ($9.95) through most online book retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Green Grove Press as well as many brick-and-mortar booksellers. More details including complete endorsements can be found at http://greengrovepress.com/product/horoscopes-reality-or-trickery-hardcover/

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