Since our world seems to get more scientifically-illiterate by the day, there’s a need for skeptics in every room to stand up for reason, critical thinking and science.
So how do you know if you are a Skeptic in the Room?
When a friend starts ranting about how Cubans and LBJ conspired to kill John Kennedy, about how the Moon Landing is “obviously” a government conspiracy, or how the Illuminati control “everything,” a Skeptic in the Room points out that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
When athletes on TV tout the virtues of titanium necklaces, kinesio tape or plastic bracelets with tiny holograms, a Skeptic in the Room points out that there is no evidence that such things actually work (and lots of evidence that they are simply expensive placebos).
When a religious friend thanks God for some trivial “miracle,” a Skeptic in the Room asks why a Supreme Deity would trouble himself with such minor signs of power when children are dying of curable diseases and natural disasters all over the world.
When your trendy friends contend that “chemicals” are always evil, a Skeptic in the Room points out that everything you eat is made of chemicals, and that the dose makes the poison.
When someone cites Deepak Chopra’s quantum theories, a Skeptic in the Room points out that spouting buzzwords that sound sciency is not the same as, you know, knowledge.
When a friend recaps the latest episode of Ghost Hunters, a Skeptic in the Room points out that Occam’s Razor suggests that there are simpler explanations for things that go bump in the night (just ask Scooby Doo!)
But when scientists successfully land an SUV-sized spacecraft on Mars, send a probe to take high definition photographs of Saturn or fling another probe all the way past Pluto, a Skeptic in the Room declares that the universe is truly awesome!
And when he or she thinks about all that has been accomplished, uncovered, clarified and made better through knowledge and the scientific method, a Skeptic in the room proudly states that you really gotta love science!
This particular Skeptic in the Room writes and records songs. And this page – and my songs – are dedicated to all of the skeptics who believe, as I do, that the universe we live in is understandable and explainable through science and reason.