new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

selective skepticism

i've been thinking about a post by d.j. grothe and the conversation that followed, as, for instance, on the friendly atheist, about people who claim to be skeptics, yet won't give up their pet beliefs, such as their religions or some kind of woo...

so... how does the term selective skeptic strike you?


  1. I find it extremely difficult to believe that someone who supports critical thinking about the supernatural is at the same time a theist.

    I would think that the supernatural ideas anyone holds cannot 'pass' the very same 'tests' the JREF puts every idea through.

    It's mind-boggling really...

  2. thirdphotoreceptor17/9/10 11:44

    I've just read the Grothe post (thanks for linking to it!). The point he makes about skepticism not becoming an ideology is relevant to what you're saying I think. It would be undesirable for people to merely label themselves 'skeptics' to identify with a respected group without embracing what skepticism really means. You can see this phenomenon with the intelligent design crowd too who want to call themselves 'scientists' with all the credibility that would entail, but there is very little science in what they're actually peddling. The selective skeptics you're referring to may be doing something similar (not necessarily self-consciously).

  3. The term rings fine to me.

    Actually, I think all of us are selective skeptics.

  4. yes, we are. it's a matter of degree!