AI: What Kind of Skeptic are You?
Wednesday’s Afternoon Inquisition comes to you courtesy of the previous week’s Comment o’ the Week winner! Here goes DaveW:
Recently I’ve becoming more aware of the difference between having a skeptical philosophy and committing deliberate acts of skepticism. Both are important. A skeptical philosophy is a great way to parse new information and an critical part of a finely tuned bullshit detector. An active skeptic on the other hand might eat nothing but beans for two days to find out if they do indeed cause flatulence and perhaps very the type of bean to assess each type’s effect on volume and aroma. I read something recently and decided to try rinsing my hair thoroughly with water instead of shampooing to see if this might prevent my hair and nails from being so dry and brittle.
Do you consider yourself to be more of a philosophical skeptic, an active skeptic, or both? What acts of skepticism have you perpetrated recently?
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