Cognitive Fallacies, Part 1

[ This is post #9 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] Scientific skepticism requires a scientific attitude. What is that? Lee McIntyre, in The Scientific Attitude – Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience – sums it up nicely: “The scientific attitude can be summed up in a commitment to

Our senses and “objective reality”: part 1 – vision

[ This is post #4 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] Homo sapiens has been around for around 200,000 years. Today, we ridicule “flat earthers.” But for 99% of the time homo sapiens existed, everyone was a flat earther. When we consider that somewhere between 30% and 65% of the

Conspiracy Theories, Part 3

[ This is post #3 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] In Part 1, I looked at some of the more prominent conspiracy theories and their prevalence. In Part 2, I examined the “building blocks” of conspiracy theories, the logical fallacies that, when put together, form the foundation of most