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Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics Paperback – January 1, 1990
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About the Author
Dan Barker, a former preacher, is copresident of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, cohost of Freethought Radio, and cofounder of The Clergy Project. After 19 years as an evangelical minister, Dan "saw the light" and announced his atheism in 1984. His first public appearance as an atheist was on Oprah Winfrey's "AM Chicago." He travels extensively, lecturing and performing on college campuses, and has participated in more than 120 public debates. Dan is also a jazz pianist and lives with his wife (and copresident) Annie Laurie Gaylor in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Lenape (Delaware) tribe of American Indians.
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For $14 ($18 cover price), I expected a whole lot more. Though it is 80 pages long, the entire thing could have fit in 20. Most of it is pictures. My 13 yr old read it in 15 minutes. My 7 year olds in about 30 - 40.
With regards to the content, the story in the first half of the book is good. Some kids say there are ghosts, Andrea wants proof. The rest of the book reads more like a lecture. Would have liked to have seen a story for many of the scenarios discussed later.
That being said, the content is decent, it's the value that is bad. I would not pay $14 for this again. It's more like a long pamphlet. If I were you, I would find it at my local bookstore and go hang out for an hour to let my kids read the whole thing in a comfy chair while I'm sipping some coffee.
Popular culture and most schools do a terrible disservice to children by discouraging freethought and original thinking. Too many children are led to believe that authority figures are always right about everything.
This easy-to-read and well illustrated book (80 pages) is just right for ages 6-12.
I suggest that those who care about children consider buying a few copies and dontating them to local schools.
I also recommend:
How Do You Know It's True?: Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition
The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
--Guy P. Harrison, author of
Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity
50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God