Almost time for dragoncon… I’m looking forward to the skeptrack lectures, the costumes, actors and authors, crafts, geekery and the general joyous nerdiness.
*Keep calm and carry on packing*
It seemed like the right time for another favorite Carl Sagan quote from The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark:
The tenets of skepticism do not require an advanced degree to master, as most successful used car buyers demonstrate. The whole idea of a democratic application of skepticism is that everyone should have the essential tools to effectively and constructively evaluate claims to knowledge. All science asks is how to employ the same levels of skepticism we use in buying a used car or in judging the quality of analgesics or beer from their television commercials.
But the tools of skepticism are generally unavailable to the citizens of our society. They’re hardly ever mentioned in the schools, even in the presentation of science, its most ardent practitioner, although skepticism repeatedly sprouts spontaneously out of the disappointments of everyday life. Our politics, economics, advertising, and religions (New Age and Old) are awash in credulity. Those who have something to sell, those who wish to influence public opinion, those in power, a skeptic might suggest, have a vested interest in discouraging skepticism.”