Question everything. Question everyone. Question it all. Anything that comes across your senses can be faked. A person may be exactly who they say, but may not. The $1000.00 coat looks nicer, classier, better tailored than the $100.00, but it could be a knock-off. Your neighbor may be a successful business person or a drug dealer. It’s not easy to tell sometimes.
If you want to see truth like you say you want to, you must bypass the easy stuff. The cover story. All the mind Jedi tricks that people play are distractions. Don’t be distracted. Retrain your thinking. How? Notice the story they tell you. Look at it then look again. Listen to the skeptics. Take courses in critical thinking. Be smart and use the scientific method. The story is the hypothesis. They say they work at a bank. What type of car do they drive? How do they dress? House? Children? is their lifestyle in the salary range of a loan officer or the president? What type of friends do they have? Check out the salary of bankers in your state. In other words, do the ingredients in this person’s life add up to who they say they are?
There are three main questions to ask if you want to exercise skepticism.
- Who is making claim?
- What’s the context?
- What is the quality of the evidence?
I wanted to share some resources for those who want to dabble in skepticism.
- A Letter by Skeptic Women (westcoastatheist.wordpress.com)
- My episode of the Skeptic Canary Show (mirandaceleste.net)
- The Virtual Skeptics (westcoastatheist.wordpress.com)
- Question Everything (str.typepad.com)
- Understanding Skepticism (radar.oreilly.com)
- Skeptic Wanted