Monday, April 22, 2013

The Sceptic ...


A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion.

Selective thinking is the process whereby one selects out favorable evidence for remembrance and focus, while ignoring unfavorable evidence for a belief....  It should be noted that selective thinking works independently of wishful thinking and should not be confused with biased thinking, whereby one seriously considers data contrary to one’s belief, but one is much more critical of such data than one is of supportive data.
Read more at The Selective Skeptic

 

Claims and fabrications


"Syrian opposition activists said Sunday".   After how many faslse claims and fabrications will Western media exhibit an iota of skepticism?

 After how many false claims and fabrications will Angry Arab exhibit an iota of skepticism?


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