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Online Johnny Slick

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Re: General critical thinking and debunking specific claims
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2017, 07:32:58 PM »
Well, yes, but that's the religious *right*. They don't make up all or even really a majority of religious people. So there is no need to necessarily be overly wary of creationists there either. In fact, if you just assume that religious folks are creationists you not only miss out on hearing what it is they actually do believe about evolution but you run the risk of pushing them over to positions they don't actually hold (or at least didn't before you started in).
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Re: General critical thinking and debunking specific claims
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 05:11:39 PM »
The skeptical movement is only unique insofar as it teaches you how to think, not what to think.

I agree. This facet is what makes the skeptical movement truly distinct from various political ideologies and religions and belief-systems out there, including skepticism's "sister movements", i.e humanism and atheism.

Steve has also emphasized on various occasions that skepticsim is more about method than about conclusion, and I agree:

Bigfoot Skeptics, New Atheists, Politics and Religion: "You will also notice the distinct absence of any particular belief or position. A skeptic is not someone who doubts the existence of alien visitors specifically, but rather someone who follows certain methods in assessing any claim."

Dr Steven Novella On Scientific Skepticism And Activism – NYC Skeptics: "It’s very important I think to present skepticism as a method of inquiry not a set of conclusions, not a set of beliefs. The other good thing about that is that it frees you from tying yourself, either your reputation or your ego to any conclusion. Because from day one you are up front saying “Hey, anything I have to say is subject to revision. I will change what I believe if the evidence warrants it.” I think that’s a necessary position to have."
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