January 22, 2013
As I grew up and began exploring the world around me, I believed in a host of things that didn't make much sense. I'm sure all young adults have that tendency as we're all hard wired with heuristics and pitfalls in logic. Critical thinking is an unnatural act, as I've heard it said. As I got older I got less curious about the world I was living in and less interested in exploring what I saw as the unknown, chocking it up to the unknowable. This lasted until I was at a party and out of my mouth came some rhetoric about astrology that I had programmed in my head from the countless conversations I had been through in my naivety and, as the words were leaving my lips, I realized how ridiculous they sounded. I came to see the backflips and sidesteps in reconciling what I thought was valid about the argument for astrology and what I knew about physics and nature and realized how flimsy my justifications were. Once I could admit that, I could admit how wrong I was about a whole lot else.
I'm a chef by trade, so I tend to work nights and weekends. This leaves most days open for me and I'm sure I could squeeze a night or two in here and there. I must admit, though, it's not usual for my schedule to be very regular.
Very much so. What I find especially shocking is that, despite the already appalling state of America's standing globally in scientific education, there are organized groups that would seek to undermine it further and that ideologues are capable of gaining so much political support through such transparently flawed logic and the complete denial of scientific progress. I feel if skeptics don't intervene, our nation will be left in a downward spiral starting with not thinking critically and ending with not being able to think critically.
I enjoy having fun with Alien visitation, intentional panspermia, cryptozoology, ghost hunting and the like. Serious discussions of quacks misinforming the public about "medical breakthroughs" in order to sell their products or procedures and groups and individuals spreading dangerous lies about main stream medicine to who knows what end I believe is important and necessary to mitigate the damage done by these terrible quacks. Also, outreach to communities, families, and friends in order to spread the ideas of critical thinking to expose both the way we are deceived by others and the ways our own brains can deceive themselves is important to advance all of us. I also enjoy discussing common myths in pop culture and exploring them in a skeptical light.
Deceiving myself for decades.