Tag Archive for critical thinking

DN content on the JREF: First post – Critical thinking about a panther sighting

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As I announced back in July, Doubtful News content would be coming to a bigger audience. Today was the first post on the reboot of the James Randi Educational Foundation website (JREF). Doubtful News: Was it a black panther? – JREF. Today, we examine a piece that appeared in Harborough Mail in the U.K.: Another…

Editorial – Looking for the best answer: Sorry it burst your paranormal balloon

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Lately, there is a thing going around web sites that promote fringe ideas. They enjoy bashing James “The Amazing” Randi, one of the world’s most prominent skeptics and unveiler of charlatans. I suppose it’s not new, but I see it a lot lately. There have even been several attempts to personally discredit him. Many commenters try to…

Santa parade party pooper

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And they call Skeptics party poopers! Man arrested after telling kids there’s no Santa |  The Kingston Whig-Standard. A 24-year-old Kingston man was arrested Saturday evening during the Santa Claus parade along Princess Street after police received a complaint that someone was walking along the parade route telling children that Santa Claus didn’t exist. A…

Skeptics on TV: Anderson Cooper allows the rational voices to be heard regarding aliens

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TV Skeptic: A 'balanced' discussion of UFOs on 'Anderson' – latimes.com. Anderson Cooper presented a show on “Are we being visited by aliens from space?”. Now, the topic itself caters to the sensational aspect of news that Anderson has taken up, with celebrity interviews being the other half of the daytime talk show. But, he…

Sylvia Brown’s 50th anniversary tour

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The World’s Most Renowned Psychic and Spiritual Teacher SYLVIA BROWNE returns to Las Vegas on her 50th Anniversary Tour with a limited engagement at the Imperial Palace, February 28 – April 19 Las Vegas audiences will have the opportunity to witness the unbelievable as psychic icon Sylvia Browne brings her unique one-woman show and lecture…

Rileygate ends: Time to move forward and be constructive

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Posting under the categories of skeptical activism and critical thinking, I consider this news because it has been a hot topic in “the skeptical community” (however you wish to define that – the group of people that have common topic interests, frequents certain websites, attends particular types of events, reads specific publications, shares a similar…

Too much to think about? Let the government handle it.

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Ignorance Is Bliss When It Comes to Challenging Social Issues   The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Through a series of five studies conducted in 2010…

Spanish study says public lacks critical reasoning of multimedia messages

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Informed Citizens? Spaniards’ Capacity for Analyzing Audiovisual Messages Is Very Low, Study Suggests The purpose of the study was to be able to infer whether or not citizens have sufficient knowledge and capacity to manage, analyze, participate in and evaluate different aspects related to the multimediated context in which they live. This is especially relevant,…

Conspiracy theories run amok. Without critical thinking, we get dangerously ridiculous.

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One of the main goals of the Doubtful News website is to demonstrate that critical thinking is necessary to navigate online news and make sense of what is happening in the world without being duped. This article is a fantastic report on exactly how the internet and our lack of rational thought has lead us…