Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Paul Kurtz - Science and the Limits of the New Skepticism

source podcast: highlights Notes

  • Shermer has written books on Religious scepticism
  • belief in the paranormal has declined - now focus is a broader focus
  • doubt hypothesis or theories until you get support
  • use in everyday life
  • critical thinking - hone skills; appreciation of scientific method
  • religion needs examination - skeptical inquiry needed
  • no direct atheist assault on religion cf. village atheism / new atheist
  • examine claims critically of religious faith
  • apolitical nature of scepticism eg global warming
  • evidence, evidence, evidence
  • be cautious of certainty; adhere to principle of fallibility (wikipedia) - be prepared to doubt - listen to climate change sceptics - provided it is 'responsible' - flat earth idea is not 'responsible' but continental drifting is now accepted.
  • Hume, Descartes, Galileo were sceptics cf. classical sceptics said NO knowledge is possible
  • reliable v certain knowledge v high degrees of possibility - principle of fallibilism - posture of an educated mind
  • sceptisism should be extended to religion, politics, ethics and society - rationality should apply to all areas
  • not negative sceptics, not debunkers, not nihilists - emphasis of tests of evidence - new scepticism is positive

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