I didn't really know where to put this thread...
..but, I would like to have somewhere to discuss some topics that skeptics and free thinkers alike, go about exploring and debunking.
Personally I thrive on the information that is out there the more I learn, the more I want to know.
So let us share information in our conversation, maybe share what impact having critical or even cynical thinking has had on your life through interactions with others.
What psuedo-science bugs you the most?
Recommendations of books, authors, articles, websites - welcome
I have a crisp new book sitting on my table - "50 popular beliefs that people think are true" - by Guy P. Harrison...
..and after I have attempted to fix the dishwaser [highly likely that I give in and call a repairshop], hang the washing and clean the bathroom- I will be sitting down in the sun to a read.
a selection of topics include (taken from the front cover) : 'you're either born smart or you're not ~ astrology is scientific ~ A psychic read my mind ~ Atlantis is down there somewhere ~ the universe and earth are fine tned for life ~ creationism is true and evolution is not ~ storis of past lives proves reincarnation is real ~ ghosts are real and thy live in haunted houses ~ UFOs are visitors from other worlds ~ Area 51 is where they keep the aliens ~ the end is near'
Be back later
Looking forward to some interesting, informative, light hearted , questioning conversation!
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31-08-2012 08:48 #1
Calling all Skeptics....
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31-08-2012 11:35 #2Senior Member
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Sounds like a great thread! And a great book too - I'll have to check it out.
I think the biggest misconception people have about skeptics is that we are close minded.
I consider myself to be very open minded, and I am open to the possibility of all those things mentioned in your book.
BUT... whilst evidence points to them being improbable, then I will view them as improbable. I would be very excited if we could prove that - for example - ghosts are real, or Area 51 contains aliens, and I wouldn't dispute credible evidence to say that those things existed. But while there is no credible evidence, then I can't believe them to be true.
My background is psychology, and pop psychology (including the oft cited 'we only use x% of our brains') tends to be the thing to make me hurt just a little... That and amber teething necklaces, but we won't go there...
31-08-2012 12:14 #3
As I said on FB, I've just ordered that book!
Well I've just finished "The Missionary Position" and it's not what you think people! The full title is "The missionary position mother teresa in theory and practice". The author, Christopher Hitchens, shows us the side of Mother Teresa that didn't get reported and it's not so nice. I thoroughly recommend reading.
Before that I just finished reading "The God Dellusion" by Dawkins - right up my alley. I've always been atheist but reading this book has opened up a whole new set of reasons why I am more firmly convinced of atheism.
I've just started reading Sam Harris's "Lying" book and I have The Caged Virgin and God is Not Great (as well as 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think are True) from the book depository.
Can anyone detect a theme? My current topic-de-jour is basically anti-theism. *steps aside quickly to avoid lightening bolt*
31-08-2012 13:58 #4
hi fiveinthebed. Im not a skeptic, I dont have to see facts and figures to be able to accept what someone might believe to be true. I can accept there are many things that I may never understand, but that does not make them untrue. I will follow this thread and see where it leads. Marie.
31-08-2012 14:03 #5
Calling all Skeptics....
Oooh this sounds like my kinda thread too! We probably all know how I feel about amber teething necklaces
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31-08-2012 14:21 #6
I am a skeptic. Psychics probably annoy me the most, however nothing gets my goat like the complete rejection of evolution (especially young earth creationism).
I would really love to read that book, let us know how it goes.
31-08-2012 14:22 #7
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31-08-2012 14:39 #8
Out and proud skeptic over here. I don't "believe" anything.
RIP Chris Hitchens.
31-08-2012 14:45 #9
31-08-2012 14:49 #10Senior Member
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Ah I love this thread already!
Total skeptic and atheist here. (who grew up with a very "spiritual" mum, in a very open minded household)
Only during my late 20s have I began to believe in nothing and im so much happier now!! The books all sound fantastic!
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