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The Sciences

GoyA skepticism

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitSeptember 14, 2009 8:02 PM


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When I was at DragonCon, I was on a panel we called "How to Combat Woo", with four other skeptics (Jeff Wagg, D. J. Grothe, Maria Walters, and Naomi Baker), where we took one simple idea about skepticism and talked about how to implement it. Jeff did "Be Yourself", for example, while I took to heart the advice from the great philosopher Dalton who said, "Be nice... until it's time to not be nice.". The panel wound up being a nice, basic discussion on how to actually go out and be skeptical, and be an active skeptic. It's not all that hard to do, certainly no harder than just getting our of bed every day (which I am not underestimating). Laurie T. from Rational Moms was in the audience for that panel, and she wrote up a nice blog post (by nice I mean sufficiently pandering to me) about a few simple things you can do to spread the wonder and joy of being a skeptic. I'm just asking you to do two simple things: read it, and do it. You'll be doing a good thing for yourself and, seriously, for the world.

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