Friday, March 21, 2008

On Skepticism:

[to return to the main document, click here, http://standtoyourduty.blogspot.com/]

.

.

01. Schools:

.

.

02. National org.s:

.

the National Science Teachers Association states:

.

[in "Lab Out Loud - Episode 12"{03-17-2008}]

.

"[per Phil Plait (PhD{astronomy} UV), who states at 00.06.40] I am in fact a skeptic. In the public mind, if you ask somebody 'what's a skeptic?' [...] most people think it's a cynic or a denier, somebody who just doesn't believe in anything. And that's not strictly true. All a skeptic is, is someone who demands evidence for a claim [...] it's someone who applies critical thinking, logic, evidence, observation -- the scientific method -- to any sort of claim [00.07.18... 00.08.54 e.g.] when somebody makes a claim, you have to ask yourself 'is this evidence good? Are there other explanations? Is this person trying to fool me?' And you have to use some basic logic, some basic critical thinking. And these are the sorts of tools that skeptics keep handy all the time so that we can examine whatever claims happen to come our way [00.09.15...00.09.24] science is all about skepticism. They are hardly different. I mean, skepticism is a tool of science [...] Richard Feynman, the physicist, said 'science is a way of not fooling ourselves. It's a way of examining what's going on, to figure out what really is going on.' And skepticism is just a way of looking at things, it's making sure that if you're thinking about something [00.09.48], if there's a claim that's being made -- whether it's by a person or even yourself -- there's a way of examining it so that you can test its reality or not. And the problem is, it's not something we teach our kids. In fact, we teach them exactly the opposite. We teach them to believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny [figments!...] Scooby Doo was a great cartoon because in the end, it really wasn't a ghost or whatever, it was always old man Marley wearing a mask [...00.11.11] when you're teaching kids to the test [...] we're not teaching our kids science. We're teaching them nothing, we're teaching them belief, faith -- and that's not what science is about. Science is not about belief, science is about evidence [00.11.31]";

.

(click here for its web page,

http://nsta.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=318230#)

(click here for the mp3,

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol12.mp3)

(for a youtube.com slideshow of this, click here {entire},

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWcb3Io5p5U)

.

.

03. State org.s:

.

.

04. Journals:

.

.

05. Practitioners:

.

.

06. Academics & Authors:

.

.

07. Reference Tools:

.

.