Monthly Archives: December 2011

How to run a high school skeptical society (as far as I know)

A few weeks ago I held the last session of the McKinnon Secondary Sceptical Society for the year and I thought I’d write a little bit about what I’ve learnt from the experience.

The last session was the end of a six-week long look at cold reading. I have a few sources on cold reading (The Dance, Brad Henderson; The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal, Lynne Kelly; 13 Steps to Mentalism, Tony Corinda) but most of my information was taken from Ian Rowland’s seminal work, The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading. I basically ran the session as a classroom,  teaching the students how to become fraudulent psychics with a step-by-step guide. Fortunately, the kids were really interested and quite a lot turned up. Unfortunately,  the students turned out to be very natural cold readers and I may have created a few monsters.

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