Comments on: Communicating Skepticism To Your Spouse Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:47:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Julia Sun, 24 Jul 2011 16:52:26 +0000 My husband and I have somehow managed to find harmony despite that he is agnostic/anti-religion and I am (loosely) Christian. It’s probably because neither of us are sure we’re “right” that helps. He says (for him) that since God can neither be proven to exist or not exist that it gives both concepts a 50/50 chance and he will not take either stance until shown actual evidence of one or the other. I actually agree with that on a rational level but have chosen to believe in God on a philosophical level. My husband thinks that’s weird but it makes me happy and he likes that. So, I’m not sure how that works. Friends of both religious and atheist persuasions have marveled that it works and I don’t have the answer except that both of us admit we don’t have enough concrete evidence for an answer.

We both believe the possibility of UFO’s is real, but most “evidence” is bunk. (hey sounds a lot like God!) but thankfully we agree on the stuff with really hard evidence like medicine and how so many alternatives are bunk.

We explain things that way to our 7 year old daughter when she asks why Daddy won’t go to church with us – that it is a choice to believe in God because there is no evidence to support existence or not and that Daddy does not waste time on anything that can not be supported by scientific evidence. It is important to us that she question philosophical concepts like religion and remember that’s all they are – not empirical fact.

So, we’re pretty lucky I guess that we are able to get along despite our extreme difference in the God area. And it helps we agree on all the other stuff that drive so many of us skeptics crazy. Although we don’t agree on politics either but that’s a different blog :)

By: Andrew Hall Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:51:38 +0000 I agree about communicating skeptical principles in simplistic fashion. My 9 year old boy was grappling in his karate class and he was just turning his back to his opponent (a big no – no). In between matches I mentioned this to him and he did much better. In the car on the way home I mentioned that the need to means test ideas: Observe (I keep getting pinned by the other kid) – Hypothesis (The reason is thatI keep turning my back to the other kid) – Test (Don’t turn my back to my opponent) – Results (I win more).