Skeptical Thinking Assignment

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Abbruzese1.1 U27202711 Introduction to Oceanography Dr. Snow Six Tools of Skeptical Thinking Skepticism is a part of our everyday lives. It surrounds us, floating like a shapeless amoeba, waiting for someone to call upon it. When it is finally needed, it can be molded into any form necessary in order to refute its opponent, a ridiculous and absurd idea. Any person can be a skeptic, and every person has already utilized their kit of skeptic tools at some time. We as consumers of products and ideas are faced with fallacies and untruths that require us to take our tools out of our skeptical tool belt and hammer away until we uncover the truth under all the lies, if there even is a truth to be uncovered. Science gives us a great opportunity to strap on our tool belt and chisel the theories that are presented to society almost daily. Scientists are constantly discovering new things about the world and its features, and even more discoveries are coming from the universe outside our world. If you do not use your skeptical tools correctly, or don’t use them at all, all these theories can become overwhelming and confusing, but it is our job to know how to pick apart the truths from the untruths, and to broaden our knowledge of the world and universe around us. Arguably the best skeptical tool we have in our tool belt is the chain of argument. According to Carl Sagan’s essay, “if there’s a chain of argument, every link in the chain must work (including the premise)—not just most of them” (6). This tool of skeptic thinking made the most sense to me and was the most applicable to my life, because of its logical reasoning. If the chain is going to function the way it was meant to function, every link in the chain must work, or the chain will break apart and fail. This tool really clicked
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2008 for the course OCE 1102 taught by Professor Snow during the Spring '08 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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