False Sense of Maturity
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It scares me to think that people actually believe nonsense!
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Study Praxeology

"Praxeology is a science that studies the logic of human action. It is qualitatively distinct from Psychology, Ethics, Technology and History. It is the newest of all sciences (biochemistry or neurobiology are just new branches of the old science of biology). This is because of the specific knowledge which had to be understood before Praxeology could be formulated. Understanding Praxeology reveals powerful conclusions about what must happen when a person acts."

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What is a skeptic?

What is a skeptic? | False Sense of Maturity | Scoop.it

Some people believe that skepticism is the rejection of new ideas, or worse, they confuse "skeptic" with "cynic" and think that skeptics are a bunch of grumpy curmudgeons unwilling to accept any claim that challenges the status quo. This is wrong. Skepticism is a provisional approach to claims. It is the application of reason to any and all ideas - no sacred cows allowed. In other words, skepticism is a method, not a position. Ideally, skeptics do not go into an investigation closed to the possibility that a phenomenon might be real or that a claim might be true. When we say we are "skeptical," we mean that we must see compelling evidence before we believe.

Skepticism has a long historical tradition dating back to ancient Greece, when Socrates observed: "All I know is that I know nothing." But this pure position is sterile and unproductive and held by virtually no one. If you were skeptical about everything, you would have to be skeptical of your own skepticism. Like the decaying subatomic particle, pure skepticism uncoils and spins off the viewing screen of our intellectual cloud chamber.

Modern skepticism is embodied in the scientific method, which involves gathering data to formulate and test naturalistic explanations for natural phenomena. A claim becomes factual when it is confirmed to such an extent it would be reasonable to offer temporary agreement. But all facts in science are provisional and subject to challenge, and therefore skepticism is a method leading to provisional conclusions. Some claims, such as water dowsing, ESP, and creationism, have been tested (and failed the tests) often enough that we can provisionally conclude that they are not valid. Other claims, such as hypnosis, the origins of language, and black holes, have been tested but results are inconclusive so we must continue formulating and testing hypotheses and theories until we can reach a provisional conclusion.

The key to skepticism is to continuously and vigorously apply the methods of science to navigate the treacherous straits between "know nothing" skepticism and "anything goes" credulity. Over three centuries ago the French philosopher and skeptic, Rene Descartes, after one of the most thorough skeptical purges in intellectual history, concluded that he knew one thing for certain: Cogito ergo sum - I think therefore I am. But evolution may have designed us in the other direction. Humans evolved to be pattern-seeking, cause-inferring animals, shaped by nature to find meaningful relationships in the world. Those who were best at doing this left behind the most offspring. We are their descendents. In other words, to be human is to think:

Sum Ergo Cogito - I Am Therefore I Think.

 

"All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have." - Albert Einstein

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How much for your baby?

How much for your baby? | False Sense of Maturity | Scoop.it

"Before you get all critical on me, the only reason why I am refuting a point with bible verses, is because the bible is the source, and justification for the bigotry I am trying to destroy. Women deserve the right to do as they please with their bodies, according to their marital, financial, housing status, and all those very important considerations.

Furthermore, my purpose is strictly to point out to those who believe the bible is literal, that the bible refutes itself, and in doing so, nullifies its validity."

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Why Are People Still Afraid of Atheism?

Why Are People Still Afraid of Atheism? | False Sense of Maturity | Scoop.it

"Plenty of people are reviled for their religious beliefs. But a lack of faith seems to inspire even more intense antipathy.
A landmark 2006 study, analyzing data from a large survey of Americans, found that atheists “are less likely to be accepted, publicly and privately, than any others from a long list of ethnic, religious and other minority groups.” Writing in the American Sociological Review, researchers noted that “while rejection of Muslims may have spiked in post-9/11 America, rejection of atheists was higher.”"

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Why 72 virgins is more like a punishment, not a reward.

Why 72 virgins is more like a punishment, not a reward. | False Sense of Maturity | Scoop.it

"Radicals have used this promise to brainwash young men. If you think this one through, it’s not that awesome of a deal.  Let’s just say that the controversial 72 virgins reward wasn’t mistranslated, misinterpreted or otherwise misunderstood. Let’s also overlook the implications that a young woman’s virginity should simply be rewarded to others.

What about females? What reward do they get? Yeah, overlook that one too.

To the sex-driven young male contemplating Jihad, at first, it seems pretty awesome. It looks like this."

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The Brain: A Machine Built of Conflicting Parts

"As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body's hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable preferences. Can we solve those mysteries by creating a complete computer model of our brain? Or, is the brain an unsolvable puzzle? Two leading neuroscientists discuss these question and more as we look into the neurology of the brain." - swissnex San Francisco and the California Academy of Sciences

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Genetic distinctiveness vs. genetic diversity

Genetic distinctiveness vs. genetic diversity | False Sense of Maturity | Scoop.it

"In the comments below a few days ago someone expressed concern at the diminishing of genetic diversity due to the disappearance of indigenous populations. My response was bascally that it depends. The issue here is whether that disappearance is due to assimilation, or extinction. If a given population is genetically absorbed into another, obviously their genetic diversity is by and large maintained. What disappears are the specific genotypes, the combinations of gene pairs, which are distinctive to that given group. This is the same dynamic at the heart of the ‘disappearing blonde gene’ meme. Unless there is selection at the loci which encode or predispose one to blonde hair the ‘gene’ isn’t going anywhere. Rather, the implicit issue here is that blonde people are intermarrying with non-blonde people, and if the genetic variant has a recessive expression then the frequency of the trait will decrease. Populations with a high degree of homozygosity at the ‘blonde loci’ are distinctive in a very particular manner, but they’re no more or less ‘diverse’ than other populations which don’t manifest the same tendency."

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Embryology in the Quran

Dear Allah,

I have read a book which is supposed to have been authored by you.

I am just writing to let you know that if you had intended to convince me of this book's authenticity via miraculous information which pre-dated scientific discovery, then regurgitating commonly held misconceptions of the past was not the best way to go about it.

Best regards

TheRationalizer"

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Some of my closest friends have mental issues

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Lousy Canuck - "The skeptical and atheist communities overlap significantly with a great many other social causes. The confrontational and the accomodationist have pressed into the northeast and southwest; feminists and male supremacists carved out chunks on each side of a great rift down the center; gun control advocates and self-proclaimed gun nuts both push toward the middle of our communities from opposite sides."

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