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I believe that knowledge is generally accompanied by some degree of uncertainty and doubt. I like where doubting can lead: to questioning, debating, re-considering, testing, new knowledge, and eventually to the truth.  I am suspicious of faith-based beliefs. In deciding what to believe, I prefer reason and critical thinking to emotion and wishful thinking.  In putting down "true believers"— sometimes treating them with contempt— I lack humility and can be arrogant. (Note: critics charge that, in their efforts to “debunk,” skeptics can be closed-minded.) 

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

is able to justify beliefs, values exercise of reason, Rationality

questions assumptions, values Critical Thinking

values Scientific Skepticism

values  Religious Skepticism

summary Wikipedia article: Skepticism  

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3312

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 18

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More to Explore --Worldview Theme #1B:  Skeptic

Debunkers (from online encyclopedia)
Questioning (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #31: God, Science, Faith
What is a Skeptic?
Skeptic Magazine (concerned with "extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas, and the promotion of science")
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
links to websites on skepticism, analytical, rational thinking
Doubt: A History, by Jennifer Michael Hecht  (reviews of this book: "a stunning chronicle of unbelievers")
Dissent -- Magazine of Independent Social Thought
Tutorial on Problem Based Learning: Taxonomy of Socratic Questioning (from Fermi Lab website)
Learning Questioning, by Jamie McKenzie (this article is a resource for both teachers and students) ( website "for freethinkers"; entertaining, offensive depending on what you believe)
The Skeptic's Dictionary
The Skeptic  (British magazine looks at pseudoscience claims from skeptical perspective)
Skeptical Investigations (skeptical of the skeptics!)
Skeptical Information Sources (from Quackwatch)
Climate Change and the Midwest : Soaked and Less Skeptical  (changing attitudes report from The Economist Jun 1 2019)
Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science by Coral Davenport and Mark Landler (NY Times article May 27 2019)
In Shift, Key Climate Denialist Group Heartland Institute Pivots to Policy by Katie Worth  (from PBS Frontline Nov 2 2018)

Links to "Articles in Opposition to Creationism" maintained by Lorence Collins (47 links to articles listed as of October 2018)

"When media sceptics misrepresent our climate research we must speak out" by Myles Allen and Richard Millar (from The Guardian   September 21 2017)

"Systemic Bias" by Richard Muller  (Essay 2017 contribution to 

"The Theology of Donald Trump"  by Peter Wehner (oped piece from NY Times July 5 2016 ==> skeptical about Trump motivation)
"Why I left Mormonism" (skeptical about Mormon religious foundations)
"Critique of PEAR Remote Viewing Lab Experiments" by George P. Hansen, Jessica Utts, Betty Markwick  (skeptical about paranormal phenomena)
The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer (read excerpts of this 2011 book)
"Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christian" by John Shore (on The Huffington Post, May, 7, 2010)
"Adam's Maxim and Spinoza's Conjecture" by Michael Shermer (in 3/2008 Sci Am. re: disbelief in the brain)
 Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero ( PBS Frontline program, that asks "Where was God on September 11th?) 
The Method of Doubt (another look at DesCartes' method of examining supposed truths)
Mistakes Were Made, by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (2007 book about justifying foolish beliefs, etc)
quotes related to skepticism

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows