Effective Skeptisism

Becoming an Effective Skeptic: End Belief, Faith and Certainty

“I don’t know.”

Perhaps the three hardest words to say in the English language. But perhaps they are also words we should be using more often. You don’t have to look far back into history where people believed things that we would now see as ridiculous: a flat Earth, a sun that orbits us or that blood letting was an effective medical practice.

Similarly I don’t think you need to look far back into your personal history to find examples of where you have been wrong. Relationships you felt would last forever that didn’t make three weeks. Career paths you ignored. Beliefs you held that turned out to be false.

Benefits of Skeptical (and Critical) Thinking
Creativity
Planning
Quickly Integrate New Facts
Reveal Weaknesses
Becoming a Better Skeptic
Measure
Examine Your Scale
“What if I’m wrong?”
Know the Unknowns
Cut the Arrogance
Develop an Escape Route
Fuel Curiosity
Play the Devil’s Advocate
Seek Contradictory Viewpoints
Test
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