Paul

Location:

Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago

Member since:

January 17, 2011

What was your path to skepticism?

Several influences: Experiences with pious relatives and religion teachers; obtained a degree in econ.; dealing with mendacious customers and sales reps; read several essays and books about logical thinking incl. "Attacking Faulty Reasoning"; Bibles.

What is the best day and time for you to meet?

No answer yet

Are you alarmed by the state of scientific knowledge among the general population in America?

No.

Are there issues or topics you'd especially like to discuss?

physics, evolutionary theory, money and banking, con law

Introduction

See my bio.

What Paul is saying about this Meetup Group

Rating: TWO stars. After I returned home on Sat. afternoon I wrote a few remarks. Some examples: "SECULARISM ALERT: Secularism is a guiding principle of Chicago Skeptics. But why? Has physicalism been proved true? If so, when? how? and by whom? Furthermore, is it prudent to advocate secularism without such proof? NIHILISM ALERT...: The leader...cast suspicion on absolutes with her written words...and emphasized this skepticism toward absolutes while speaking. Shall now we doubt the claim, “existence is”? Perhaps existence is not, but if that's the case, then whence cometh skepticism? At least she conceded that skeptics have a reputation for wishywashiness." So, Epistemology should be happy that it was invited at all and is permitted a seat. Unfortunately, the very existence of Knowledge is doubted, and she ought never to expect unrestricted membership without the organizers of CS having been prompted to permit it.


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