Invitation to a new community

(X-posted to a few relevant communities; please pardon me if you see this more than once, but do feel free to share!)

While I still hope that this comm will revive itself, I have gone ahead and started [community profile] anti_theocracy, a new community dedicated to gathering resources & information on theocracy and the activities of the religious right in the post-Obama era.

It is more imperative than ever that we be aware of what our politicians, religious and cultural leaders are up to, and what they stand for. I hope to make [community profile] anti_theocracy, a clearinghouse and resource for anyone concerned with religious overreach both in the US and abroad.

Please come by and join! I hope to have some solid informational pieces up in the next few days, and I welcome contributions from members.

Here is our Profile Page that has posting guidelines, and a little bit about the purpose of the community.

It's open for everyone to join, so I hope to see some folks there!
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Revival

I am hoping that this community will become active again. To make that hope a reality I thought I would post a little poll of sorts to spark what I hope will be an interesting discussion.

What do you think is the most important step to take to combat pseudoscience, or woo if you prefer, in your home country?



In my opinion, as a citizen of America, the answer is in critical thinking and science education. I do not remember learning much about critical thinking until I was in late high school or college. I think that this is something that we can and should change. There is no reason why you cannot teach critical thinking in elementary schools. The most basic aspects of critical thinking are understandable at almost any age. When it comes to science education I think there simply needs to be more of the scientific method in science. We should not teach students to memorize facts but rather teach them what science is and how it is done, when it is done right. If we educate more children with these ideas we might see an improvement. I think that if young people were given these skills they would not grow up to be people who search for bigfoot or spend money on homeopathy or other such wastes.
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[personal profile] robynebr2009-06-07 06:13 pm

Do you take vitamins?

Ooh... first post outta the gate and I hit enter too soon! This sounds promising. :)

I read many skeptic blogs (skepchick, science blogs, etc.) and I've seen this argument made a few times. When dissecting the spread of 'woo' health advice in the 'net, someone eventually asks 'well, do you take vitamins? Because they're not proven." Or something along the lines.

As a skeptic, what is your criteria for health supplements? Avoid all? Keep your mind open to non-government-sanctioned research? Are studies done in other countries acceptible, even if your home country doesn't sign off on a vitamin or supplement?

Also - hi! New here, obviously. I'm shying away from Livejournal these days, but am having trouble finding enough activity on dreamwidth to hold my interest. I wonder if this site is going to take off? (oops, two questions in one - is that allowed? :-P)