A Lapse in Due Skepticism
Yesterday, on FB, I shared an item in my timeline, without reading it in detail, and without further thought
– without being skeptical.
Yes, my skepto-meter was broken yesterday.
It was a chain email about Holocaust denialism, and an alleged Holocaust Teaching Ban in Britain.
This item going around is a hoax, and I fell for it. I’ll admit being fooled before.
One of my dear friends, and a damn good skeptic posted the Snopes link above in the comments to the item, alerting me to my lapse.
I then took down the post. I don’t claim to be particularly rational, but this was a good reason we skeptics need to look out for each other as well as be constantly vigilant for ourselves, especially about things that ‘push our buttons.’
We can’t just assume that whatever is posted has been fact-checked beforehand, and we have to be careful of things that play to our individual quirks, weaknesses, our biases and prejudices.
Lesson learned. Now to get on with life. *sigh*
Posted on Tuesday, 0:04, February 11, 2014, in Skepticism & Skeptics and tagged Hoax, Holocaust denial, Science in Society, Skeptical Inquiry, Skepticism, Snopes, Snopes.com. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.