Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 3, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—September 4, 2009: What Skepticism Reveals about Science

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Michael Shermer (1954 –) is an American popular science author and founder of The Skeptics Society.  He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time (2002).

This week’s text is his article, “What Skepticism Reveals about Science” It appeared in the July 2009 issue of Scientific American, and is the 100th installment of his monthly Scientific American column.  In the article, Shermer writes, “…I conclude that I’m a skeptic not because I do not want to believe but because I want to know. I believe that the truth is out there. But how can we tell the difference between what we would like to be true and what is actually true? The answer is science.”

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Shermer’s text at these websites:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-skepticism-reveals

http://www.michaelshermer.com/2009/07/i-want-to-believe/

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