Friday, December 31, 2004

The Church of Critical Thinking - Dedicated to spreading the word about cynical reasoning in established religion, politics, the paranormal beliefs, as well as anything else that people tend to accept blindly. "Your Suspicion is Our Mission" is the motto. There is some good content here that could be useful in teaching critical thinking skills.

From the site:

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical Thinking is the process of acquiring information, analyzing and evaluating it, and attempting to reach a conclusion or answer by using logic and reasoning skills. A much more detailed answer can be found in the excellent document Critical Thinking: What It Is & Why It Counts published by Insight Assessment.

What's the Church of Critical Thinking?

The Church of Critical Thinking is not a religious organization, and it does not acknowledge the existence of any deities. The Church of CT believes that separation of church and state is a very good idea, but is frustrated that the separation is becoming increasingly blurred. As an atheist, I should be able to enjoy my life without the restrictions imposed by your religion. The Church of CT is surprised that there is so much acceptance and so little outrage over the importance religion has in our government. But we're about more than just keeping religion out of our government.

In addition to religions, there are politicians, pseudo-scientists, psychics, advertisers, and others all asking you to believe things on faith alone without providing clear evidence that what they say is the truth. Our goal is to teach people to use Critical Thinking skills to analyze what they're being told, to be skeptic where appropriate, and to reject ideas that they may already hold as true if they don't hold up when examined critically.

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