Skepticism and Critical Thinking
Skeptoid: Critical Analysis Podcast. Urban Legends Reference Pages. Global Warming and Climate Change skepticism examined. The Skeptic's Dictionary. Main Page. How To Sell Magic Beans. One of the eternal questions for skeptics is – how can some people be so gullible?
We have a standard answer which captures many of the factors: poor understanding of science, lack of an innate sense of probability, all the various mechanisms of self-deception, and the strong desire to believe in certain things. Further, some cons are just slick, and anyone can be fooled by a clever-enough deception. The Skeptic's Dictionary. Bad Astronomy.
Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it!
Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is pretty cool news. Skepticblog. Science-Based Medicine. Skepchick - Pharyngula. Pharyngula. Probably not.
But the New York Times reports: A review of studies has found that the health benefits of infant male circumcision vastly outweigh the risks involved in the procedure. Actually, it doesn’t. Not at all. Quackwatch. James Randi Educational Foundation. Some people see human tragedies as a time for empathy, sympathy, or charity.
Then there are those who see it as an opportunity. It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, for Uri Geller to take to the airwaves and claim that he was asked to help in the search for the plane. Home - The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.