Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sceptics - HASSNERS

HASSNERS 8th Statement


disposed to incredulity & doubt hence suspend final judgment.

updated September 2009

Amendments to HASSERS Statements - Sceptics

Other Definitions of Sceptics (wikipedia)

Scepticism (UK) or skepticism (USA) is derived from the greek for skeptomai, to look about, to consider. Scepticism is

  1. an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity
  2. the doctrine that true knowledge is uncertain
  3. the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism
  4. a method of obtaining knowledge through systematic doubt and continual testing
  5. the arbitrariness, relativity, or subjectivity of moral values
  6. a method of intellectual caution and suspended judgment

A scientific sceptic questions the reliability of certain kinds of claims by subjecting them to a systematic investigation - the scientific method.

Scientifically-sceptical questions include health claims surrounding homeopathy; the plausibility of supernatural entities (such as ghosts, angels, and gods); the existence of telepathy; topics such as alien visitations, UFOs, crop circles, astrology, intelligent design and other claims the skeptic sees as unlikely to be true on scientific grounds.

Activist sceptics or "debunkers" aim to expose in public what they see as the truth behind specific extraordinary claims.

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