When I was applying to transfer colleges this year, I wrote a lot of application essays. The best question I got was about finding something unexpected, something I wasn’t looking for. I chose to write about my first exposure to skepticism, and how it lead me onto the path of seeking a formal science education.
That first exposure, for me, was the audiobook of The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. It opened my eyes and utterly changed my world.
My first exposure to the modern skeptical movement and community came soon after that, as I sought out more science to listen to. I found The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and began listening to that during my long work days.
What was your first media exposure to skepticism? Was there a book, podcast, or TV show that made you first begin thinking about this stuff?
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