Introduction to Skeptical Thinking
Lumping everything together
Why do skeptics lump all these things together - astrology, homeopathy, acupuncture, the Loch
Ness Monster, UFOs, sightings of Elvis Presley, etc.?
Strange beliefs and mental illness
If someone believes that 2+2=5, are they suffering from a delusion or simply misguided?
Scientists should be skeptical about science
Good scientists should adopt a skeptical approach to reports of scientific observations and
research findings that have important consequences for our understanding of the world.
Science, power and religion
This essay examines the nature of the scientific method and notes how scientists' power and
influence have grown over the centuries. It is natural and healthy that people are free, if they
wish, to oppose this, but they are often motivated to seek power and influence of their own without
the accountability that science, when undertaken properly, inherently demands.