Skeptical Readers is going to try a change! We are going to alternate each month. One month will be discussing a specific book and the next month will be a discussion on topics announced.
This month, to kick off the change, is "Skepticism". Some suggested readings/viewings:
What is a skeptic? - video by Mister Deity with Michael Shermer
What is Skepticism - short essay by Brian Dunning
What is Skepticism, Anyway - TED talk with Michael Shermer and short article
Part 1) What is skepticism?
Part 2) Do some people take skepticism too far or not far enough? Some conspiracy theories consider themselves skeptical, but they seem to only be skeptical of some claims. Some people may be skeptical of everything, not just claims from religion or authority - where should we draw the line? A lot of non-theists still believe things they read on the internet without fact-checking, can they considered skeptics?
The Trouble with Skeptics - A negative view of skeptics
IF we have time: Part 3) And can science inform morality? Can our own morality inform how we do science? If they are totally separate, in what ways do they coexist? Do you agree with Sam Harris in this video?