Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Skepticism in Today's World of Fake News!

I consider I am a skeptic but not a cynic.  When people I know support an idea without any evidence or even evidence that it is false I find it extremely difficult to change their mind.  Against all odds they will continue to defend their belief.  They will not accept they may be wrong.







I believe those not willing to question their position will close the door to their ideas being examined.  They may and often do attack when I question their assertions. 

I think the value of skepticism is it reveals flaws in popular trending beliefs by the use evidence and proof which many will still continue to dismiss.  Most ideas are at least debatable but the believer refuses to debate.






The things that I actually talk about with my friends, ideas in which intelligent, educated people see potential value, are not in that class. What I see as "settled science", such as climate change, vaccination, fluoridation etc., still produce counter arguments to the scientific evidence but can still be debated as they are still within the ballpark of scientific plausibility. 

As a thinking person I would search for credible results that contradict any preconceived notion I may have. A skeptic can be surprised by what we find which is exciting as new knowledge always is!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Era of Neo-Tribalism

The old rules don’t apply anymore!

A fractured political culture has divided the left and right more than ever before.  The right and left identify and associate with others who agree with them and automatically oppose positions held by the 'other'.

Distrust of each other leads to the new tribalism that may end up in destroying our society.


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