What we're about
Yooper Skeptics seek to promote skepticism, science and rationality. We meet once a month is a local restaurant/pub to discuss and debate.
What is skepticism?
Being a skeptic is not about living in disbelief of everything, it's about always seeking evidence for accepting a claim. This is important in a world full of scam artists and thieves. We feel the following are good definitions of what it means to be a skeptic.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, particularly in claims that are far fetched or that violate physical laws. Skepticism is an essential, and meaningful, component of the search for truth."
Brian Dunning, Skeptoid.com ( http://skeptoid.com/skeptic.php )
Skepticism and science go hand in hand. Science is the best tool that we have yet invented for learning about our Universe.
"Modern skepticism is embodied in the scientific method, that involves gathering data to formulate and test naturalistic explanations for natural phenomena. A claim becomes factual when it is confirmed to such an extent it would be reasonable to offer temporary agreement. But all facts in science are provisional and subject to challenge, and therefore skepticism is a method leading to provisional conclusions."
Skeptic Magazine (skeptic.com/about_us/manifesto.html (http://www.skeptic.com/about_us/manifesto.html))
Are you interested in understanding how things really work? Are you uncomfortable with accepting extraordinary claims without equally extraordinary evidence? You may be a skeptic and just haven't realized it yet.