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Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: blakestyger on 29/03/2009 14:09:04
I discovered this site and it makes good sense - what do you think?

http://www.skepdic.com/tiscience.html
Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: Chemistry4me on 30/03/2009 08:59:52
Seems alright.
Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: paul.fr on 30/03/2009 16:31:03
I don't think it's a source you can trust!
Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: Variola on 30/03/2009 16:31:04
I discovered this site and it makes good sense - what do you think?

http://www.skepdic.com/tiscience.html

I found it a bit biased and underinformed in many references, scepticism is healthy but only when its balanced.
Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: blakestyger on 30/03/2009 17:35:03
How can scepticism be unbiased?
Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: Variola on 30/03/2009 18:09:43
How can scepticism be unbiased?

Lol yes I didn't phrase it all that well. What I meant was I found some of the explanations lacking in balance, scepticism only works with a degree of balance, IMO.
Title: What do you think of The Skeptic's Dictionary?
Post by: wolfekeeper on 31/03/2009 17:40:00
How can scepticism be unbiased?
You use unbiased statistical estimators as to the truth or falsehood of particular propositions based on experimental investigation.

In the past people have done experiments like test to see whether praying stopped or reduced ships sinking in storms. The answer was no, by the way, and so insurance premiums are unaffected by the presence or absence of members of the clergy onboard. ;-)