If You’re Not A Skeptic, Then You’re Not Using Your Head

A Skeptic is one who applies the principles of skepticism to the assessment of truth claims.

Skepticism is not an ideology, nor is it perfunctory contrarianism.  It is a process of critical thought that assesses truth claims based on evidence that is objective, credible, verifiable, demonstrable, and relevant to the claim.  As Hume stated, “In our reasonings concerning a matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”[1]  The veracity of a claim is concluded only when the claim is “confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.”[2]  Truth is not ascertained through desires, feelings, dogma, doctrine, revelation, or faith; it is ascertained by verifiable and demonstrable evidence.

The Skeptic Heads is a podcast and blog by Scot Haire and Brian Broome that shares with you their authentic efforts to apply the principles of skepticism to the everyday practical.  We may not always succeed, but there is merit in the effort and value in the process.  Be a Skeptic Head by subscribing to the podcast and helping to navigate everyday reality through the application of skepticism.

[1] David Hume, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”, 1748

[2] Stephen J. Gould, “Evolution as Fact and Theory”, 1994