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Skeptics of Think Atheist

A group for skeptics to gather and help each other battle woo, pseudoscience, misinformation, and other nonsense. Feel free to ask for help in seeking information to address any claims you might be skeptical about.

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Why People Believe in Conspiracies - By Michael Shermer

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Joli Feb 23, 2011. 5 Replies

Why People Believe in ConspiraciesA skeptic's take on the public's fascination with disinformationBy Michael Shermer  | September 10,…Continue

QED Vodka-Homeopathy Expose' 10:23 Campaign

Started by Andrea Steele. Last reply by No name Jan 26, 2011. 3 Replies

This is SO cool! The 10:23 Campaign has already made significant progress in exposing the fraud behind homeopathic "medicine" in the UK. Here's the link. For some reason it isn't embedding. :/ …Continue

Tags: science, UK, homeopathy, skeptic

Is There Such a Thing as Life After Death?

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by kumera Dec 14, 2010. 24 Replies

On television you can't escape it.  The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, even the Science Channel lower their standards to cater to the undeniable human 'need'…Continue

What Do You Believe In?

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 17, 2010. 0 Replies

by Michael ShermerNov 09 2010 SkepticblogAs a skeptic and atheist I am often asked, “What do you believe in?” The ending preposition implies something more than what factual claims are to be…Continue

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Comment by Adrian on October 7, 2010 at 11:04am
@ Fred. The comment about contrarianism and conspiracy theories was NOT aimed at you; it was a general point.

It doesn't surprise me that you can not find sources before those you quote. If you look at the Oxford English Dictionary (the big version) you will find that many words in common use have their first documented citations long after it is known they were in use. It is one thing to use it, another to find documentary evidence. Furthermore, if you go into the meaning of words, you will find that many meant totally different things in the past, and even opposite things, but that does not make their current usage invalid.

Like I said, post this as a discussion, if you wish to continue it, instead of cluttering the comments section.
Comment by Adrian on October 7, 2010 at 9:50am
@Fred It would be more appropriate to post this as a discussion than as a comment. Comment section is a very difficult forum to hold a coherent discussion.

You can be a sceptic about whatever you like, but it only really makes sense to be so if you do it on the basis of informed, coherent, impartial and reasoned evaluation of the evidence. It does not make sense to identify as sceptical simply on the basis of obstinate contrarianism, or in order to blindly pursue conspiracy theories. A true sceptic is also open to changing position when presented with compelling evidence.

I look forward to hearing what you think the other definitions of atheist might be. Furthermore, I'm not sure that the distinction you're drawing is that clearcut, or that the "lacking faith in gods" is actually a particularly valid description.

As to your wider point, Dawkins is fond of the saying that "we're all atheists - it's just some of us go one god further than the rest". Technically, I suppose, the term can apply to all gods or to any particular god.

Post it in a discussion and carry it on there!
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 9, 2010 at 10:07am

The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking, and Paranormal Beliefs (an integrative model)
by Marjaana Lindeman & Kia Aarnio

In his always quirky but usually insightful look into the human condition, comedian Woody Allen once remarked: “There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is how far it is from midtown and how late is it open?”1

In point of fact, the majority of people accept as a given that an unseen world of paranormal powers exists, and all that remains is for us to discover the details of its workings. Superstition and magical thinking are the core cognitions that drive belief in the paranormal. Over 40% of Americans, for example, believe in devils, ghosts, and spiritual healing.2 Most social scientists do not bother trying to understand why people believe in the paranormal, while many psychologists have characterized superstitious and magical thinking as a problem for which there is no ready explanation,3 or as “a label for a residual category — a garbage bin filled with various odds and ends that we do not otherwise know what to do with.”4

Skeptics, of course, have not ignored superstitions and magical beliefs, and there exist today several international magazines, regular conferences, and dozens of excellent books that attempt to both explain the paranormal as well as understand why people believe in it. Explanations have ranged from personality traits, psychological motivation, and flawed cognition, to emotional instability, demographics, and social influences.5 From the purely scientific perspective of experimental psychology, however, our overall understanding of this area has yet to be adequately described and explained. This paper presents a new and integrative model that explains superstition, magical thinking, and paranormal beliefs.
Continue Reading HERE:
Comment by Reggie on September 5, 2010 at 12:26pm
Adriana, I saw that via Pharyngula (probably same as you!), and found it spot on. I didn't have time to read it all, but from what I did read, especially the parts about YDIW Skeptics, it was very enjoyable.
Comment by Reggie on July 14, 2010 at 5:51pm
I think she'll look cute with the pink! And a picture will be posted with her in it, I promise!
Comment by Reggie on July 14, 2010 at 2:07pm
@ Adriana - I will most definitely do! I'll include photos, even!

@Michel - You sold a T-Shirt! Well, as soon as I get home to my home PC, you've sold a t-shirt. Thank you! Looks great!
Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 9:45pm
Not yet! But wifey is full term. Counting the days.
Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 7:54pm
Michel - actually, I found it there before you posted.

Of course, a T|A member designed shirt would be infinitely more appealing. ;-)
Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 7:18pm
Sadly, the Health Ranger has a response video.

Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 7:12pm
Love the Vaccine Song, Adrianna! Thanks for sharing! I want to get my daughter a shirt that reads "Hug Me, I'm Vaccinated". Anyone know where to order one?

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QED Vodka-Homeopathy Expose' 10:23 Campaign

Started by Andrea Steele. Last reply by No name Jan 26, 2011. 3 Replies

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