These two words tend to bring to mind a reminder of the fact that starvation and malnutrition are still a present day way of life for millions of people around the world. The solution seems simple, right? Donate money, acquire and distribute food, and eventually the starvation rate will go down. Surely the food will reach needy recipients, right? Right...?
Recently, an article by Hemant Mehta garnered my attention by pointing out that skepticism is something we should use to analyze more of the world. We are used to thinking of skepticism as a way to approach topics like alternative medicine, the paranormal, and fringe sciences, but how else could we be using it? On top of Mehta’s ideas, I’d like to share a few thoughts about one thing in particular.
Managing a campus group can be hard—especially if you’re new to the whole process. Tips and tricks are helpful, but sometimes not enough. If you’re just starting out and feeling clueless, or if you just need some fresh insight, it’s important to remember to use ALL your resources. Below are some things to keep in mind if you need an extra hand.
One thing that annoys me about the atheist movement is the idea that being an atheist makes you a beacon of rationality. We’re “brights,” which means that we have things figured out. And yet in any discussion (especially online) with an atheist, you’re bound to catch them espousing views that are not supported by evidence, or poor/fallacious reasoning. This is even more pronounced when you engage an atheist in a discussion about some topic unrelated to religion or science.
A response to Pascal’s Wager by Seth Kurtenbach.
Pascal’s Wager is an all too familiar argument for those of us in the skeptical community. We like to point out that there are innumerable other gods for whom the same wager may be considered, thereby undermining the power of the original wager which usually focuses on Christianity. We say, as did Richard Dawkins, “what if you’re wrong about Zeus, Ba’al, Wotan, or the great JuJu at the Bottom of the Sea?…”