[w/apologies to Jeff Foxworthy] You Might Be Skeptical If…



Certainly, the vast majority of critical thinking types are not terribly likely to show the following traits universally, but the more that happen to apply to you, the better the chance that you might be skeptical if…

…you regularly surf forums on the Web looking for arguments to pedantically dissect for flawed reasoning.

…you like to debate fringe-believers because they’re entertaining and amusing.

…you’ve read Carl Sagan’s “The Demon Haunted World” 97 times from cover to cover, and it’s still on your personal ‘must read again’ list.

…you even know who Carl Sagan was.

…you consider Martin Gardner’s “Fads & Fallacies” to be one of the top ten all-time literary classics.

…you remember who Martin Gardner was.

…the words “logical fallacy” don’t instantly make you think about Vulcan adult entertainment.

…you can name all the components and their relations of both deductive and inductive logical arguments.

…you regularly scrutinize the credibility of any information source you read, hear, or watch.

…you have more than twice in your life said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” and actually remember who is credited for it.

…you hear the words “neurologist,” “magician,” & “psychologist,” and the names and faces of Steven Novella, James Randi, & Ray Hyman come to mind.

…you hear of a paranormal claim, and try to think of all the likely ways it can be explained without resorting to woo.

…once you come up with likely ways to explain something, you start thinking of ways to test each explanation by falsifying them one by one.

…you regularly introspect and test your own beliefs against that most harsh of taskmistresses, Reality herself.

…one of your hobbies, if not a professional psychologist, is learning all the ways that sane, honest, intelligent people can fool themselves, including you.

…you make a habit of obsessively analyzing your most frequently used arguments for specious logic for the next time you use them.

…every time you hear someone argue, the sequence, “Logical fallacy number one, logical fallacy number two,…etc.” goes through your mind.

…you hear the acronym “UFO” and actually remember what the “U” stands for…

…you can think of several very good reasons to conclude that Atlantis is just a made-up place in a piece of allegorical fiction written by Plato.

…when hearing accounts of Near Death Experiences, you are well aware of the medical distinctions between ‘near death’ and actual death.

…when hearing someone talk about faith healing claims, you immediately respond, “But why doesn’t god heal amputees?”

…you know the difference between skepticism and cynicism.

…you take being called ‘a closed-minded debunker,’ or ‘pseudoskeptic’ in stride as an everyday non-event.

…you know that possibility alone is not evidence than something is or ever will be true.

…you know that, “a mountain of anecdotal evidence” is the same thing as “a mountain of crappy, worthless evidence.”

…you can smell the use of loaded language on the Web like stink on a lemur’s tail.

…you know that Carl Sagan never actually said, “Billions & billions..,” but also know who got that ball rolling.

About these ads

About Troythulu

I seek to learn through this site and others how to better my ability as a person and my skill at using my reason and understanding to best effect. I do fractal artwork as a hobby, and I'm working to develop it to professional levels, though I've a bit to go till I reach that degree of skill! This is a crazy world we're in, but maybe I can do a little, if only that, to make it a bit more sane than it otherwise would be.

Posted on Friday, 0:25, March 25, 2011, in General and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. …on “Why doesn’t God heal amputees?”,…”…andonce a part has been cut off, it is no longer of God, but by its error has been claimed by the devil, and must be allowed to be lost, unless it corrupt the pure soul.”. RRiigghhtt…..so anybody who has had medical reattachment is doomed to hell because of their “tainted” limb? Or are they supposed to chop it off again just before death? I don’t know the reference for the above, I heard it late one night, maybe on Coast to Coast, didn’t beleive it then, still sounds silly……

    Like

Commenting below. No spam or trolling, or my cats will be angry.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Double U

The Journey of John White, writer

Romance Novels for the Beach

Find out which sexy books to bring with you, or leave behind, on your next beach vacation.

TheOpenWindow

Take a walk inside my mind.

Strangetinybird

Mostly poems & things to get me thinking about writing a book.

glimmer of happiness :)

Just anything under the sun that makes me happy. :)

playwithlifeorg

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

Elan Mudrow

The Ridges of Intertextuallity

chester maynes

Poetry and Poems

Liberated Way

Action in harmony with nature

GYA today

Give Yourself Away

vulticulus

Just another WordPress.com site

Crystal eyes

books in createspace, kindle

Tell me a story

book in createspace and kindle

Spirits of darkness and light

books in createspace, kindle

Books by Sharmishtha Basu

My (e) Books in Amazon Kindle n Createspace

"Black Mist and other stories"

I dreamt for stars, gathered stardust in my soul, sprinkling some to earth now, waiting for them to grow up in dream wood.

HotDog on ACID

Comics and Doodles

Rare Horror

We provide reviews and recommendations for all things horror. We are particularly fond of 80s, foreign, independent, cult and B horror movies. Please use the menu on the top left of the screen to view our archives or to learn more about us.

Michelle M. Welch

author of speculative fiction

Poetgeneral

In the world of Literature, Anything Is possible. Poetry/ literature is the express expression of the heart and soul.

Write With Warnimont

Write for fun. Write to inspire. Write to change the world.

Echo LaVeaux

...mystical musings from a magical mind...

dpapa

Living a flip flop life!

DARK MATTER SPACE

Seeing Future in Space

Check Out Our Books

Joint venture of Indie writers

Beautiful Life with Cancer

Discovering the Gift

jhgoodglass

80's Revivalists UNITE!

Storiform.com

Writing Popular Fiction

Sharmishtha Basu

paintings, poems and thoughts

Realm of Empress Musie

Sharmishtha Basu's poetries

songbird sings to sun

book in kindle and createspace

Thoughts

Realm of Musie (my muse)

Marianne Talbot Philosophy

Marianne is Director Of Studies in Philosophy at the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education

La Audacia de Aquiles

El Mundo Visible es Sólo un Pretexto

Optimal Human Modulation

Your Space to Defrag

Words on a blackboard

In a world of poems, words steal love and put it on a blackboard

Math Outlet

Math Resources For Elementary Teachers

KURT BRINDLEY

Relating to Humans

Author -Carole Parkes

Psychological, thriller, mystery, secrets, betrayal, adoption, romance, poetry, art

Some Bad Plankton

creative outlet plugged in

kvm88

I don't want believe I want to know. - Carl Sagan

Physics and Art

The strange case of Dr. August and Mr. von Orth.

Charlotte Cuevas, Author

Current writing projects: 52 Flashes of Fiction & The 365 Poetry Project: Year 2

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,222 other followers

%d bloggers like this: