This week I’ve read a few too many comments disparaging Skeptics as uncaring, victim-blamers by people who seem to think that they have the moral high ground (they don’t). As these tribal conflicts often do, it left me even more proud to identify primarily as a Skeptic and I felt the urge to express that pride. So I did what
The following is a guest post by Wendy Hughes. Wendy is a resident of Southern California, a volunteer at CFI-LA and JREF, investigator with the Independent Investigations Group (IIG-West), and co-founder The Odds Must Be Crazy (featured on Skepicality). You can find Wendy on Twitter as @wendy91602.
For over two years I have seen my
Each individual has the ability to make judgments about what is “right”, in terms of what is true or correct and in terms of what is moral or ethical. These judgments are the basis for personal knowledge and for personal moral codes. The terms “rational” and “irrational” can apply in either case.
Skepticism is about shared knowledge, but the process
Several people have asked me if I plan to respond to PZ Myers, considering the “beating” he gave me and others in a post last week.
No, I don’t. I may if I see a good reason, but the truth is that responding to him is a bit like debating a creationist. Sometimes one should, but this is not one
Why do skeptics criticize Jenny McCarthy and Bill Maher?
Because they publicly trash mainstream science despite lacking the expertise to properly analyze methodology and draw different conclusions (how scientists do it).
Science uses peer review (not just “review”) to weed out bad studies, test the robustness of findings, and discuss appropriate conclusions. Peers are people who work in the same