Comments on: Communicating Skepticism With Your Friends http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/ Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:58:53 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ By: Ticktock http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/#comment-14052 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:36:10 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2941#comment-14052 Thank you for saying “inadvertently” because my intention was not to exclude anyone. It should also be said that words in bold are my way of making a succinct bullet point, and were not written by the original author, Mike Meraz. Sorry about that. I’ll make an edit for all the ladies out there.

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By: Chris http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/#comment-14029 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:13:20 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2941#comment-14029 Have you listened to the Righteous Indignation podcast? Hayley Stevens, Michael Marshall and Trystan Swale have interviewed several people who have some questionable products, including Jim Humble (he sells industrial bleach as cure-all). They do it in a very engaging and non-confrontational manner.

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By: Emily Karp (@luvtheheaven) http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/#comment-14027 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 17:06:23 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2941#comment-14027 “Be That Guy – Be an example of skepticism for friends. Demonstrate it by sharing your own decision making process as well as how you handle being wrong.” – I consider that to be inadvertently sexist. I know you didn’t mean it that way, but I feel that a lot in the skeptical community, that sometimes it is assumed that we’re all scientists ourselves or are all male or even are all fairly old adults. I am a 21 year old girl who has never had a boyfriend and am still an undergraduate in college. I am not that “guy” and I don’t want to be him, I want to be “that girl”. I get the point you’re trying to make but I just thought maybe I should point out to you that the expression really isn’t unisex and that you’re excluding a large number of us female skeptics in that type of statement.

That being said, these are all nice points. I’ve been listening to every episode of the Actually Speaking podcast and know it’s ending soon since Mike moved on to his son’s show, and I’m disappointed about that. I’m a new fan. I do love the show and am somewhat in desperate need to listen to some new good skeptical podcasts… I tend to get tired of ones like The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe and need to take a break for a month or two and listen to other podcasts instead on my walks to class and whatnot. :P This one has been good and makes so many good points about how to be non-confrontational about my atheism and skepticism and I’m going to try to use these tips in my daily life for sure. :D
(P.S. my name luvtheheaven is ironic I know, it’s a long story.)

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By: Arizona Writer (Kimberly Hosey) http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/#comment-13910 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:40:21 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2941#comment-13910 Right on the heels of the kids one … this is a toughie for me. I tend to think of myself as “fighting from behind enemy lines” much of the time — deeply religious extended family, other family members who swear by their magical magnet bracelets, still others who don’t “believe” in climate change or the age of the planet or vaccines. It’s enough to make me want very much to fight every battle. Still, I’ve found if I can bite my tongue on some things (bracelets, say) and not condescend or dismiss people (even when I want to), they’re at least a little bit more likely to listen when a more important topic (vaccinating their kids, for instance) comes up.

I’ve had to learn I can be correct, It can even be that I’d be correct in addressing the issue in question, and it’s still possible that it’s a bad move strategically.

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By: Yannis Guerra http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/#comment-13887 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 02:04:26 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2941#comment-13887 This reminded me of the quote attributed to Shimon Peres “When a friend makes a mistake, the friend is still a friend, and the mistake is still a mistake”
As nobody is perfect, you can’t really judge/select your friend for x or y philosophical position, as you most probably also have philosophically untenable positions.

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By: atheistdad http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/29/communicating-skepticism-with-your-friends/#comment-13886 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 01:44:05 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2941#comment-13886 I feel a certain political and social commitment to be “out” about my skepticism, but even as I try to present myself authentically in the world, I try to do so in a way that allows others to feel psychologically safe to do the same. I get lots of practice, as I’m atheist but my wife is Mormon. One of our mantras is “respectful honesty.”

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