Skepticism Exemplified

The title of this blog-post is credited to Sharon Hill. A link to Ben Radford on CFI’s “A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper” with RileyGate: Lessons Learned.

Skepticism is a big tent, and there’s room for all styles and personalities, from philosophers to investigators, from Penn & Teller to The Amazing Randi. Diversity (in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, point of view, etc.) is a strength, and I’ll continue to fight for it. The type of skepticism I want to be a part of – and that I have worked to promote for the past fifteen years – is respectful, inclusive, and tolerant. It is not afraid of nuance, dissenting points of view, or acknowledging errors. To each his (or her) own. For my own part, I’ll try to do better in the future.

Read it in full here.

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  • Konradius

    As much as he says he was wrong, I don’t see him thinking there’s anything wrong in nitpicking the words of a 4 year old…
    Am I really reading correctly that he’s saying something like:
    I know Riley was correct but my nitpick was valid criticism?

    Well, I could write more about that, but first I’d like an opinion if this abbreviation is fair.

  • Aratina Cage

    Of course, he couldn’t resist throwing it all back at Rebecca Watson:

    While hundreds of people put my claims and logic under a microscope, almost no one addressed Watson’s logic, research, and scholarship in her response. While I’m criticized for not double-checking the scholarship of all my sources, for example, no one commented on Watson’s research “proving” her point that dolls aren’t pink by zooming in on colors in a screen capture of Riley taken with a cell phone.

    As if. I’d like to see the research showing that the color of doll skin plastic is on average a version of pink. Watson was just pointing out the obvious–that doll skin is not pink, especially not the kind of pink marketed to girls.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Then people who disagree should show that research, shouldn’t they? She who makes the claim, et al. I would expect him to ask me to provide such research if I made such a claim. Overall, I agree with Ben.

      • Kylie Sturgess

        By the way – if you want to take this topic up further, head to Ben’s blog. I’m bored with the strawmen statements, and people trying to put words in other people’s mouths and I’m not about to let them try doing it to me.
        I said I agree with Ben overall – and I mean it. That includes watching your language and knowing who you’re talking to and what they’ve contributed to skepticism. Especially when you don’t indicate an understanding of what I’ve contributed, and choose to comment on my blog.

        *stamps my pink princess feet and goes off to do something better for the world*