critical thinking

Game Night

March 6th, 2017|Just Thinking|

  March 6, 2017 - Television is an isolating time waster. We plant ourselves in a comfortable seat, all face the same direction, and watch intently. We break the spell only briefly every twenty minutes or so (less if we are streaming video or watching prerecorded shows) for a snack, a bathroom visit, or to [...]

Opinions vs Fact

January 15th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017, Just Thinking|

January 15, 2016 - All too often when I find myself in a debate about something science based where the other party holds a strongly opposing view that is not based on good science, a stalemate is reached where my opponent flings out that most hated retort “I have a right to my opinion! You [...]

Repost: Cleanse yourself of the detox hype

January 14th, 2017|Just Thinking|

In a conversation before Christmas I was asking what others were doing in the New Year. One individual said to me "Oh, after Christmas we are going to do a detox cleanse, I think it's a good way to start the year." I hope my inside voice didn't betray itself with any outward look of "how stupid". I [...]

Day 347 – What could possibly go wrong?

December 12th, 2016|Photo a Day - The Rest of 2016?|

December 12, 2016 - "Conservative legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums"..... High emotions, alcohol, and guns.....what could possibly go wrong? Only in America would this seem like a sane consideration...... Fans could bring guns into stadiums under proposed bill in Washington state A new [...]

Day 324 – The Power of the Question!

November 19th, 2016|Photo a Day - The Rest of 2016?|

November 19, 2016 - One simple lesson I have learned in this life.....Question everything, absolutely everything. It's really that simple. No "opinion", no "belief", no dogma, is above question or reproach. If someone can't justify their position with valid information, then their opinion is not an informed one. Critical thinking skills are the most important [...]

Repost: Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

May 11th, 2016|Just Thinking|

  It seems that we have entered a period of blissfully willful ignorance. The internet has provided us with a wealth of information, much of it completely erroneous, from which we can draw and bolster our arguments. The problem is that many of our arguments are irrational, flawed, and based on cognitive biases (predominantly confirmation [...]

The importance of slowing down

March 7th, 2016|116 Photographs in 2016|

March 3, 2015 - I haven't picked up my camera in over a month, haven't written about a photo in a month, that's a strange feeling. Life is so busy, and it's so easy to let ourselves be too busy. The internet makes information so easily accessible that we ingest more and more, but digest [...]