Tag Archive for critical thinking

15 Credibility Street #5: UFOs over Turkey and I ain’t too surprised

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We’re back with another news chat episode. The news is weird, as usual. Strange days indeed… Mothman reappears close to the 50th anniversary. Howard suspects pecuniary interests might be involved in the promotion of these local legends. The same can be suggested for the many YouTubers and websites that promote “weird news” like anomalies, natural…

15 Credibility Street #4: A virtual flood of news – bad, good, real, fake and otherwise

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In this episode, after a disheartening election result, we spend time catching up on other questionable claims reviewing all the news stories posted since last time. Alaska river monster Canadian ping Quack loses license in Florida American eagles down the drain Earthquake lights over New Zealand Nostradamus and others “predicting” election results Fake News never…

Continue, we must: US needs critical thinking advocates to step up and be heard

The gates have opened.

The DN/15 Credibility Street crew took a break yesterday because writing and talking about most things besides the election results seemed frivolous. We postponed our scheduled recording of the podcast because we weren’t in the right frame of mind, but by the end of the day, I saw many of the dejected pick themselves up,…

It’s the season for the word “skeptic” to be overly used and abused

Oh, dear. Every Halloween-themed story out this week about ghosts and monsters and the people who seek them will invariably have the term “skeptic” in it. This person is the group’s “skeptic” or this person “was a skeptic until…” Most egregious are those who are completely gullible and pooh-pooh the skeptical process as being “closed-minded”…

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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…