Some words of Stupidity

No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

-- George Bush Sr.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bull Shit! show and Pseudoskeptics.

So I was thinking about how I am sure that there is such a thing as a NWO, that 9/11 is not just some crazy terrorists taking over planes with box-cutters and banks are not our friends, when I saw the interview of Debra Medina by Mark Davis as covered by Alex Jones. Mark Davis asked her if she would agree on record that 9/11 Truth has despicable beliefs for believing that Mr. Bush or anyone else in the government had anything to do with 9/11.

How insane is that? So Mark Davis's feelings about how despicable it is to think that someone might do something bad that is in the government is cause enough not to look into evidence. I guess the kid with his hands caught in the cookie-jar also thought that it was despicable that the mother might think he was up to something. The problem with this should be obvious, without talking about the beliefs you specifically think do not make sense, facts and figures here and not just how you feel about it, you are doing what Stephen Colbert calls truthiness. That is funny for a cable TV show but not funny when interviewing a potential Governor of a large state.

To address this lack of critical thinking in the news media here are some of my suggestions on what a real skeptic does. So if you are a skeptic, a real skeptic, I think that these are some things you should do.

1. Consider as many possibilities as make sense for any given claim.
2. When looking for people to interview, try to find the most respectable and authoritative of voices you can find. Bullshit! on their 9/11 episode found this guy who thought that the planes were a TV trick. That itself is Bullshit that they interviewed him and not 9/11 Architects for Truth for instance.
3. When looking into any idea, really try and evaluate it in good faith. Imagine as if you have no stake in the result of your conclusion in any way and just want to know what makes sense.
4. Avoid the common fallacious arguments, especially ad hominem.
5. Do not think that just because you have concluded someone is wrong about something they are wrong about everything.
6. Why questions are the hardest to answer, work up to them. Start out with who, what, where and when and only then try and figure out a why... you know, journalism.

I guess I could add more, such as how pseudo-skeptics act, but that is another story.
Just a thought.

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