A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions


From Abracadabra to Zombies

About the Author of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed!

Robert Todd Carroll created the website The Skeptic’s Dictionary (skepdic.com) in 1994, where he posts his writings about critical thinking, skepticism, and science. The dictionary part of the SD has over 700 entries from abracadabra to zombies. Other sections of the website contain essays, book reviews, a blog, and a newsletter, among other writings. The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2003. An online Skeptic’s Dictionary for Kids was published on July 22, 2011, at sd4kids.skepdic.com.

Carroll taught philosophy at Sacramento City College (SCC) from 1977 until his retirement in 2007. He began teaching critical thinking classes in 1975 at Lassen College where he was inspired by Howard Kahane’s Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric. Carroll’s textbook, Becoming a Critical Thinker, was published by Pearson in 2000. A second edition was published in 2005. While at SCC, Carroll wrote two Student Success Guides, one on Study Skills and one on Writing Skills. Both are available for free download from the SD website. (Links are in the left column, under Other Writings.)

Carroll did his doctoral work in philosophy under the direction of the eminent historian of philosophical skepticism Richard H. Popkin. His dissertation, The Common-Sense Philosophy of Religion of Bishop Edward Stillingfleet (1635-1699), was published by Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, in 1975.

Carroll can be contacted at sdfb@skepdic.com. Put the word 'feedback' in the subject line.

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