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RAZD
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Message 31 of 33 (750406)
02-15-2015 1:32 PM
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02-15-2015 12:32 PM


It is this skill of skepticism and cross checking that I hope to instill in people I know who believe in a YE. ...

I advocate a policy of open-minded skepticism -- openly willing to consider another persons position\argument while at the same time being skeptical of it, looking for evidence pro and con to better understand the validity of the position.

And, importantly, being as skeptical of your own beliefs as you are of others and open to the idea that you may be wrong.

... What I also find is guarded enthusiasm over the fact that what is being learned might allow more discoveries from old bones than ever thought possible. In essence I find cautious enthusiasm rather than unhappiness.

Science often thrives on being wrong, of finding things that were not expected.

Indeed. Rather than a "eureka moment" new finds usually elicit the comment " ... that's curious ... "

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Message 32 of 33 (750409)
02-15-2015 1:54 PM
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RAZ writes:

And, importantly, being as skeptical of your own beliefs as you are of others and open to the idea that you may be wrong.

BINGO!

One much search for and isolate one's own biases or the search for truth yields only illusions.

JB

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Message 33 of 33 (750411)
02-15-2015 2:06 PM
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02-15-2015 1:32 PM


RAZD writes:

advocate a policy of open-minded skepticism -- openly willing to consider another persons position\argument while at the same time being skeptical of it, looking for evidence pro and con to better understand the validity of the position.

Who said Yanks don't do irony......?


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