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Comments I’ve gotten.

Comments I’ve gotten.

I get comments.  The other day I had a rush of blood to my head and started a cause on Facebook.  It was about discouraging anti-vaccination propaganda on Facebook.  No big deal, right? I got some pretty quick response.  There are now 88 people who’ve taken the pledge.  Since I’ve done almost nothing to promote it I think this is fairly encouraging.  The other thing I’ve been getting is a flood of anti-vaccination...

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Anti-anti-vaccine campaign.

Anti-anti-vaccine campaign.

I got a rush of blood to my head this morning and created a “cause”. (Unfortunately, it’s faded away.  It’s no longer on the net). If you don’t want to click on the link, here’s what it says: Most people who post or share anti-vaccine propaganda on Facebook are not fanatics. This campaign is about politely but firmly encouraging them to stop doing that. Remarkably, this works and will help clean up the...

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Success!

Success!

Yesterday’s post was about my reaction to a Facebook post by a well known yoga teacher of my acquaintance. I said that when I see anti-vaccination propaganda I tend to respond and challenge the post in hopes of getting the writer to stop posting that sort of propaganda.  I know I’m unlikely to change their opinion, but at least I may be able to decrease the antivax background noise, at least a little. Well, in yesterday’s...

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Don’t suffer anti-vaccination propaganda gladly

Don’t suffer anti-vaccination propaganda gladly

My wife teaches yoga. I practice yoga. I make it clear that I’m a consumer of yoga and not a yogi. I don’t pay attention to the philosophy or spiritual side, but I like the fact that at 64 I can touch my toes and do a few other things that I might not otherwise be able to do. As the spouse of a member of the community I know lots of other teachers. Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook by a senior yoga teacher who I’ve known...

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Who says? And how do they know?

Who says? And how do they know?

I’m a skeptic.  While it’s popular to pigeonhole skeptics as cynics who don’t believe anything and will criticise everything, it’s really not like that.  It’s really a question of not blindly accepting things as true. It’s about testing ideas for plausibility and evidence.  It’s something that grows out of a reaction to what this skeptic perceives as the willingness of so many to believe so many...

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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias

 Confirmation bias, according to Wikipedia is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. It’s just one kind of bias.  If you look of types of bias on the inner webs you’ll...

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