Posts tagged skepticism
Posts tagged skepticism
SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543
Just got an early birthday present tonight. Whoohoo, I got to meet and hang out with James Randi!
He is one adorably amazing human being and he gives a damn great presentation to boot.
Picture taken at Bainbridge State College Cultural Center.
Quote came during The Amazing Meeting 7 in 2009 where Randi announced he was scheduled to begin chemotherapy after having a ping pong ball-sized tumor removed form his intestines via laparoscopic surgery.
Kirbo Regional Center: March 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM
I’m very excited about the prospect of seeing James Randi at nearby Bainbridge State College Cultural Center in Georgia. It’s actually about ninety miles from my home but it will be well worth the drive.
Below is the October 19, 1993, PBS-TV “NOVA” program ‘Secrets of The Psychics mentioned in the advert above which I just re-watched. It’s a bit dated but still a quality program.
You can access the original educational material provided with the program on the PBS website here.
Secrets of The Psychics (Part 1 of 6)
Secrets of The Psychics (Part 2 of 6)
Secrets of The Psychics (Part 3 of 6)
Secrets of The Psychics (Part 4 of 6)
Secrets of The Psychics (Part 5 of 6)
Secrets of The Psychics (Part 6 of 6)
Indignation Is Not Righteous
The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.
Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.
Riots erupted on the streets in Afghanistan in late February 2012 in response to an apparently accidental burning of a few copies of the Koran. Placed in an incinerator along with other materials confiscated from Taliban prisoners, the singed Koranic remains were discovered later by Afghan workers. Apologies from United States officials were immediately forthcoming. However, rioting continued and reports indicated that at least twenty-nine Afghans and six American soldiers were killed in the violence (Rubin 2012).
For many Muslims, including an influential council of Muslim scholars (Rubin 2012), the apology was greeted with righteous indignation. The response of the rioters was continued (and perhaps even intensified) rage, as demonstrated by the murder of people who had nothing to do with prior events. A second outbreak of such violence in Libya (where the United States ambassador was murdered) and other Muslim countries occurred in September 2012 after a virulent anti-Islamic independent video appeared on the Internet via YouTube.
The problem of righteous indignation is conspicuous in, but not unique to, the Muslim world—it permeates cultures across religious, ethnic, and national boundaries. The destruction of Andres Serrano’s artwork, “Piss Christ,” by Catholic fundamentalist protesters in Avignon, France, is another well-known example.
Profound feelings of insult to a deeply held belief ranks among the most pervasive, powerful, and potentially dangerous failures of human reasoning. This reaction carries with it both practical dangers that threaten harmonious interactions between and among peoples, and also the capacity to insulate not merely a person, but an entire culture, from criticism and self-reflection.
We argue that “Appeal to Righteous Indignation” and the related “Appeal to Sanctity,” warrant recognition as fallacious types of reasoning and should be included in the larger lexicon of fallacies. (See “The Top 20 Logical Fallacies” by Jesse Richardson in the July/August 2012 Skeptical Inquirer for an overview of commonly recognized fallacies.)
Posted below are copies of all our original promotional material for the event.
As a longstanding member of SEAFA , I am happy to announce that the free book signing and lecture by Dr. Michael Shermer was a huge success and SEAFA has now made available the below video recording for your viewing pleasure.
Much thanks to Tony Rush for producing the promotional video and for taking care of the filming and editing of the event and thanks to all the SEAFA trustees and members who came together and made this possible.
Also, thanks to those at Troy University Dothan who facilitated the use of Sony Hall for the event.
Two other individuals of note in this events success I would like to acknowledged are Derek Johnson, founder of the Freethought Group Organizers site and Charles Raymond Miller of the Secular Coalition for Alabama.
An Evening With Michael Shermer: Dothan Alabama - The Believing Brain: Science, Faith and the Need to Know
TAM 2013: PUTTING QUACKS, SCAMS, AND SHAMS ON THE ROPES
A major motivation for going to TAM is that skeptics care deeply about people and they know that when people believe in nonsense, they often get hurt. And at TAM 2013 we will explore ways to fight back. This is central to the mission of the James Randi Educational Foundation— Randi has been fighting the fakers for decades, and the JREF works to continue and expand that impact.
This annual gathering of critical thinkers is an unparalleled opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to us, and leave with tools for spreading a helpful and skeptical message to those who might be hurt by charlatans and unfounded belief.
I LOVE this new poster advertising James Randi’s annual TAM conference. I just wished I live closer to Las Vegas.
"The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one."
— George Bernard Shaw
A film about The Amazing Randi that will show how easily our perceptions are fooled – by magicians, con men, and even documentaries.
An Honest Liar profiles the colorful life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s psychics, faith healers and con artists with religious fervor. But you never know whether to trust a master deceiver - and there’s more to Randi’s life than meets the eye.