I have always been the most skeptical of skeptics. I don't believe in UFO's. Well, that's not entirely true. I believe in unidentified flying objects, I just don't believe they are of of extraterrestrial origin.
Here is an entirely goofy list of 10 creepy mysteries for you to browse through. While these 10 items are spooky, to be sure, they smack of campfire ghost stories you tell children around a campfire. The snipe hunt comes later in the evening after you have scared the pants off the kids.
Please travel, as if by magic, to this web site to view all 10 of the mysteries:
Skepticism is, perhaps, the opposite of gullibility.
My ex brother-in-law, poor thing, believed any goofy story that came along. I remember when he came over to my home to show me the video of the "Alien Autopsy" shortly after it was broadcast on the Tube of Life. He was absolutely beside himself and was absolutely certain that it was as real as the day is long. I pointed out the flaws in the autopsy video and poor camera work. "Oh, oh. Look at how fake that is - just as they went to do the dirty work, they shifted the camera so you couldn't even see what happened. Totally fake", I would say. After a while he was looking at it a little differently but I think he really and truly wanted to believe the little rubber alien was as real as you or I (and I am not all that sure about you). I have included the Scientific American Frontiers program hosted by Alan Alda just for fun.
Remember Alien Autopsy? Remember how people said that just couldn't be faked? Steve and his crew show us not only how it could be done, but how it could have been done better!
In my most humble of opinions, skepticism is a prerequisite for living a grounded life in a complicated world where knowledge is expanding faster than any of us can take it in. As Socrates taught: "The unexamined life is not worth living". I certainly believe Socrates in this case. He didn't mince any words. He didn't say: "The unexamined life is maybe not so great". No, he said, in very unequivocal terms, "it is not worth living".
We worked very hard to raise a son who was skeptical. We have done the same with our grandsons. Is there anything more wonderful than a teen and preteen who examines what is before him through the eyes of a skeptic. We began our teaching of skepticism to the kids by examining advertizing on the Tube of Life. What better place to begin a young person's examination of bull shit malarkey than advertizing and marketing? We didn't ask the grandsons to disbelieve everything -- we only asked that that they examine what is before them for the truth and to examine how they were being manipulated. We had a little song about advertizing that went like this: ♪♪ We want your mon-ey, we want your mon-ey, give us your mon-ey, NOW.♪♪
I sincerely believe teaching skepticism to your kids is more important than teaching them math.
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