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The Skeptical Inquirer Embarrasses Itself

Postby Winston » November 5th, 2008, 4:19 am

"The Skeptical Inquirer claims to speak for science, reason, and a well-educated public. But along with other apologists for archaic science it continues to promote an illusion -- the tacit suggestion that its readers are more literate and more 'scientific.' Here a rude awakening may be called for.....

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Postby BeneGesseritBrother » January 2nd, 2009, 5:36 am

The original definition of skeptic was a person who questions ALL beliefs, facts, and points-of-view. A healthy perspective in my opinion.

Today's common definition of skeptic is someone who questions any belief that strays outside of the status quo, yet leaving the status quo itself completely unquestioned. Kind of a juvenile and intellectually lazy practice in my opinion.
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Postby momopi » January 2nd, 2009, 7:33 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_of_faith

A leap of faith, in its most commonly used meaning, is the act of believing in something without, or in spite of, available empirical evidence. It is an act commonly associated with religious belief as many religions consider faith to be an essential element of piety.
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Postby Winston » January 3rd, 2009, 6:15 am

BeneGesseritBrother wrote:The original definition of skeptic was a person who questions ALL beliefs, facts, and points-of-view. A healthy perspective in my opinion.

Today's common definition of skeptic is someone who questions any belief that strays outside of the status quo, yet leaving the status quo itself completely unquestioned. Kind of a juvenile and intellectually lazy practice in my opinion.


It's not just that, but today's skeptic and debunker flat out deny all evidence or rationalize it away, or they never even bother to investigate, research, ask questions, or examine evidence.

For some reason, most western males deny anything beyond the 5 sense a priori, even if they know nothing about parapsychology. This is kind of irrational. But they do it anyway. It's kind of a "guy thing". I and others are an exception of course. But I am extremely well read in parapsychology, while most guys who think it is all bunk, are not. Thus my opinion is far more qualified.

I have noticed though, that older western males tend to be more open to the existence of things beyond the 5 senses, than younger guys are.
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Postby Winston » January 3rd, 2009, 6:17 am

momopi wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_of_faith

A leap of faith, in its most commonly used meaning, is the act of believing in something without, or in spite of, available empirical evidence. It is an act commonly associated with religious belief as many religions consider faith to be an essential element of piety.


W: True, but sometimes making a leap of faith pays off and gets results. Any devout Christian can give stories and examples of this happening. To dismiss it all as coincidence is not logical either. One needs an open mind that considers all possibilities.

Conversely, to deny something a priori that you know nothing about, is also a sort of leap of faith too.
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Postby BeneGesseritBrother » January 18th, 2009, 2:22 am

Wu says-
"It's not just that, but today's skeptic and debunker flat out deny all evidence or rationalize it away, or they never even bother to investigate, research, ask questions, or examine evidence. "

True that!
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