Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Noteworthy, 12 December 2012

Ed Clint's recent post on his IncrEDulous blog, Why teaching critical thinking fails, argues that while critical thinking skills can be taught, doing so is not enough to turn people into critical thinkers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Sinking of the Titanic

We’ve hit an iceberg, and there is confusion, hysteria, and not enough life boats to save us all.

Monday, September 10, 2012

With respect to respect

"Everyone deserves respect!"

"No, respect must be earned!"

Sigh. I get tired of hearing exchanges like this, especially when they are presented as prescriptive moral or ethical guidance. As usual, the reality and the ethics are more complicated than that.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Some much-needed discussion

There has been quite a bit of activity in the blogosphere and on Twitter and Facebook in recent weeks on two subjects that our regular reader(s) know have been topics of concern to Ardent Skeptic and me.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Noteworthy, 08 July 2012

Advice for a 'Freethought' blog, by Notung, has advice that skeptic bloggers should consider as well.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Noteworthy, 17 May 2012

Steve Cuno has a new post up on his personal blog that's worth a look: The Value of Dissent. And while welcoming informed alternative points of view is useful for everyone, it is essential for skeptics.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Noteworthy, 09 May 2012

This is from last week, but in case you missed it, Barbara Drescher has an excellent post about skepticism on her blog: You Can't Judge an Argument by its Conclusion.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

An Open Letter on Disagreement

by Steve Cuno

Author’s note: The inspiration for this article was an angry note from a friend. Any attempt to guess which friend or to point fingers risks missing a great opportunity to see if the shoe fits.

Dear Friend:

Disagreement is inevitable. When it happens, let’s see if we can handle it sans ad hominem attacks.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Noteworthy, 11 Mar 2012

Steve Cuno has a new post up on his personal blog: The Art of the Dodge

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Noteworthy, 16 Feb 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Delicate Balance

by Steve Cuno

In Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer describes his experience as the “guest skeptic” on a program for NBC. The other guests claimed to have experienced a close encounter of the third kind. He writes that after the taping, he and they went out for dinner and talked about...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

A picture of Internet wildlife

by human nature photographer A. Skeptic

A huge flock, honking and flapping their wings, but going nowhere.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

In Which I Admit to a Bias

by K.O. Myers

I generally eschew the annual ritual of New Year's resolutions. If I don't have the mental discipline to positively alter my character or behavior in June, I'm not sure how passage from one arbitrarily demarcated solar orbit to another is supposed to provide the necessary willpower. If the psychological signpost of the beginning of a new year affords you sufficient impetus to tack toward a course of self-improvement, you have my sincere congratulations. I've never found it particularly motivating.*