From the Archives: Skepticism As a Discipline

Since I moved to the Freethought Blogs network, I have a bunch of new readers who aren’t familiar with my greatest hits from my old, pre-FTB blog. So I’m linking to some of them, about one a day, to introduce them to the new folks.

Today’s archive treasure: Skepticism As a Discipline. The tl;dr: Skepticism is more than just an approach to scientific questions. It is a positive philosophy of life, indeed a discipline, one that prioritizes reality — and the best understanding we can reach of reality — over illusion. And it is a discipline that can shape our lives for the better: in everyday practical matters, and in making our lives richer and more meaningful.

A nifty pull quote:

Skepticism does not come naturally to the human mind. The human mind is very deeply wired to believe what it already believes, and what it wants to believe. The habit of questioning whether the things we believe are true? The habit of letting go of beliefs we’re attached to when the evidence contradicts them? These are not easy habits to come by. They take practice. And they take discipline.

But it’s a discipline that pays off: in specific pragmatic results, and in the broader, deeper, less obviously tangible areas of personal connection and fulfillment.

Here are a few examples of what I mean.


From the Archives: Skepticism As a Discipline

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