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What is Skepticism, Anyway ?

Diana
user 8692585
Livermore, CA
Post #: 2
A friend was recently asking me about my "Skeptics" meetup group and asked me . . "so, what are you skeptical about ?" I realized that it can be ambiguous to some. Perhaps we could discuss at some future meeting what it means to each of us (?) Anyway - I just saw today that Michael Shermer gave a talk on just this subject: What is Skepticism, Anyway: Here is a link to his discussion:

http://www.huffington...­
A former member
Post #: 7
The Huffington Post excerpt is from Michael Shermers book - the Believing Brain. Highly recommend it specially to all skeptics... excellent book for all regardless of whether they are skeptics.

If I may add simply, skepticism for me is NOT a result of the intentional search for a disbelief in the context of the referenced article, but rather a result of wanting to know the truth which simply asks that the claim be proven. The burden of proof is on the claimant & not the other way around.

The Believing Brain exposes many of the human tendencies to belief regardless of education & regardless of how smart. It is an eye opener.
Mark
user 13351211
Stockton, CA
Post #: 35
I thought this a wry definition of a skeptic:

Trust in God, but make everyone else show their data.

--Penned by the author of the blog JESSE'S CAFÉ AMÉRICAIN

And similar to a quip attributed to W. Edwards Deming:

In God we trust; all others must bring data.
Tom C.
Tombolian
Antioch, CA
Post #: 77
A friend was recently asking me about my "Skeptics" meetup group and asked me . . "so, what are you skeptical about ?" I realized that it can be ambiguous to some. Perhaps we could discuss at some future meeting what it means to each of us (?) Anyway - I just saw today that Michael Shermer gave a talk on just this subject: What is Skepticism, Anyway: Here is a link to his discussion:

http://www.huffington...­

I thought I'd seen this, but I hadn't seen the ending before. Comedy gold!
Carolynn
user 12381503
Livermore, CA
Post #: 20
This is somewhat related to your question Diane.
A group of shoe makers had a question, and used scientific principles (more or less) to try to answer them. They were skeptical, but sought out data in a relatively unbiased manner. It's an interesting little NPR piece.

http://www.npr.org/bl...­
Carolynn
user 12381503
Livermore, CA
Post #: 21
An even better answer to Diane's question ...

http://doubtfulnews.c...­
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