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Welcome to the group. A while back I had exchanged some email with one of our more strident members. Here is an excerpt from that conversation about skepticism.

"What is a skeptic?" Well, I now have the beginnings of an answer, at least as far as our group is
concerned...we obviously don't agree on everything and it seems that we may not agree on anything at times but we're all in there backing our beliefs with supporting discussions. Even [one of our more gullible members] attempted to back some of her "naked assertions" with evidence or at least attempted to. [One of our members] doesn't believe that the airplanes felled the World Trade Towers but he based his assertions on experience, education, and his interpretations of the evidence. It's all good (even though I can't agree with his position based on the same criteria.)

What brought this to light is the current discussion about wind energy. T Bone Pickens has a plan. I think it has merit but some of the responses on the Internet about his plan start out with "Gore and Pickens are con men". That may be true, I don't know but I know that it doesn't do anything for refuting his argument. That is a cynical response as opposed to the skeptical one that might start out "wind energy cannot survive without government subsidies" (a position that I really don't support but used here for argument's sake)...now we can have a skeptical discussion. To go after the character of the presenter, however, while quite effective...is not rational.

So what is a skeptic? I think skeptics attempt to base their beliefs on rational arguments (even though we don't always get it right).

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About Skeptics of Tucson February 6, 2009 12:12 AM Don L.

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