Skepticism

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ℹ️Skepticism
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By :  Aristotle Sabouni
    1Liner
Skepticism is the best of the isms: it is thinking critically and scientifically. Without it, we're just rubes.

Summary
Skepticism is the best of the isms. It is critical thinking, it is science (the scientific method), and vise versa. Question everything, doubt what you're told, look for the other side of the story, or as Ronald Reagan put the Russian proverb, "doveryai no proveryai" (Trust but verify). If someone is not skeptical they're not a rational person.

Skepticism • [4 items]

Skepticism • [4 items]

4 Stages of Scientific Discovery
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The 4 stages of scientific discovery are:
  1. Denial in its existence
  2. Denial in its significance
  3. Misattribution to who did the work
  4. Refutation
Allegory of the Apes
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An allegory about how Apes are victims of systems-memory, and that they will remember to follow rules, even after they've forgotten why they were doing them in the first place (and never questioning why it might be OK to stop). Humans fall prey to the same false assumptions.
Chesterton's Fence
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There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road.

The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away. To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away.

Driving by watching the rear view mirror
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A common mistake I've seen businesses repeat, over and over again - or more accurately I've seen many companies do once or twice until they go out of business or the idiots doing it are fired, is to "drive by watching the review mirror". Instead of analyzing and thinking, learning technology (and markets and customers), they decide, "someone else is doing it, and since it worked for them, it'll work for us". You're not them.

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