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Teaching skepticism
#11
RE: Teaching skepticism
(2nd October 2016, 23:44)mihoda Wrote: Every so often in my daily life I try to slip people better critical thinking skills.  I find myself prompting people with, 'how do you know that is true?' or, 'what's your source on that?' when they present information.

Do any of you have any favorite go-to prompts or skeptic lessons for people?


I've gotten good milage out of "wtf are you on about this time?"
Belief .. is the insistence that the truth is what one would .. wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. 


Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be.  


- Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
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#12
RE: Teaching skepticism
Socrates tried some good shit out a few thousand years ago - it's a good place to start.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
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