Tag: Scepticism

If There’s No Evidence, It Doesn’t Exist

Introduction There’s an argument that I have seen pop up a lot over the last few years from my fellow atheists and sceptics.  It’s an argument that I think needs to be addressed, for several reasons.  Among these reasons are that it shows bad epistemology, bad reasoning, and bad logic.  The argument also shows bad scepticism.  Something that I would hope that most sceptics would want to avoid.  So, what is the argument? That argument is that something does not......

Scepticism, Dogma, and the Definition of Atheism

Introduction The collective moans of all those reading the title of this article can be heard.  I wouldn’t blame you for moaning either.  After all, who needs another article arguing for what the definition of atheism is?  And I would agree with that!  There are plenty of arguments out there about what the ‘true’ definition of atheism is, and why it is the ‘true’ definition of atheism.  Getting into an argument about the definition of atheism is also pretty simple. ......

Critical Thinking and Scepticism – SciPhi: 025

Critical Thinking and Scepticism In this stream, we discuss what makes one a good sceptic as well as discuss pseudo-scepticism, denialism, and cynicism. Are you a good sceptic or are you actually a denialist? Please note, this is not a tutorial in regards to either critical thinking or scepticism, it is a brief overview and a discussion of its application by online sceptics. If you would like to do some reading on things that may come up in the stream......

Scepticism and Self Reflection – Fresh AiR – S03:E01

Scepticism and Self Reflection Tonight we discuss scepticism and how Cartesian scepticism can be applied introspectively. We speak about meme culture and commonly held opinions that might not stand up to scrutiny, but are often ingrained in to various communities. Further Reading Descartes, Scepticism, and You Denialism and Pseudoscepticism Fresh AiR – S01:E04 – Scepticism Is it rational to form beliefs based on testimony? Pitfalls of ‘New Atheism’ SEP: Skepticism SEP: Ancient Skepticism Patreon and Youtube Don’t forget to check......

The Faith of Science

Introduction The sun will rise tomorrow.  This seems to be an uncontroversial statement.  The sun came up today, and the sun came up yesterday, and the day before that.  Just as it has for millions of days before that.  Gravity held today, just as it has held since the formation of the universe.  This is, again, another uncontroversial statement.  We often predict future events based on generalisations of past experiences.  It is how science works, and it is how science......

Descartes, Scepticism, and You

Introduction There will, of course, be many contemporary sceptics and atheist who read the title and simply groan.  Dismissing the article before reading it because of some misinformed idea about Cartesian scepticism, or some excuse that they do not need to read up on scepticism because they are ‘freethinking truth-seeking sceptics’ already.  To some extent, the former cannot be blamed, for Cartesian scepticism has been the go-to of most presuppositionalists for a long time.  If that is the contemporary sceptics......

Denialism and Pseudoscepticism

Among the sceptic community, we frequently see folks flexing what is known as denialist behaviour. Denialists are technically a subset of Pseudosceptics, but what do both those terms mean? Contents Denialism Pseudo-scepticism Key Behaviours of a Sceptic Key Behaviours of a Pseudosceptic Example of a Pseudosceptic Behaviour in a Debate The Rejection of Philosophy in the Atheist Community The Resistance to Change Pseudointellectuals An Example of a Pseudointellectual The Great Debate Community – Steve vs Duke Summary of the Video......

Fresh AiR – S01:E04 – Scepticism

Tonight we introduce one of the founders of AiR, Kriss, as a regular Co-Host to Fresh AiR. We delve into scepticism, to find out what it really is. We look in to the key behaviors of a sceptic and when we have failed as sceptics ourselves. Contents of Scepticism A brief history of AiR. What is Scepticism? Types of Reasoning. Key behaviours of a sceptic. Specific forms of scepticism. Human Reason and Other Sources. Are most sceptics still sceptics? Useful......