Introducing the Space City Skeptics Blog…..
Although you might not think it true, if shows like Larry King Live and Oprah are frequently found on your DVR, but a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when evaluating claims about the natural world is that there is not a positive correlation between volume and truth. Folks like Jenny McCarthy can shout down all the science-based vaccine proponents that come her way, especially when propped up by popular and credulous talk show hosts, but her maniacal outbursts do not serve as evidence in support of her position that vaccines caused her child’s autism. But then again, with such poorly reasoned arguments, and so little science to back her up, shouting may be the only means of distracting her target audience of distraught parents from picking up on her bait and switch tactic.
But one doesn’t need to turn their emotion up to eleven in order to add a clear note of critical thinking to the cacophony of superstition, pseudoscience, and quackery that assaults our senses on daily basis. It is our hope that the Greater Houston Skeptic Society (GHSS), and the Space City Skeptics blog, will provide just such a note.
It’s been said that everything is bigger in Texas. If one were to simply look at the quantity and quality of irrational thinking that takes place in the Lone Star State as evidence, it would be easy to come to that conclusion. Unfortunately, there is not a major skeptical presence in Houston. But with nearly two million people calling Space City home, there is a large potential for the “reality-based community” to have a meaningful impact. So the Greater Houston Skeptic Society was born, founded by the Geek Goddess Naomi.
Topics that will be covered on this blog will run the gamut of general skeptical topics. The GHSS is only in its infancy, but already a number of rationally minded individuals have joined up. This blog will serve as a means for our members to add their voice into the mix. If you live in the Houston area, and you’re interested in discussing the reality behind astrologers, psychics, homeopaths, or anything else devoid of critical thinking, or you are just yearning to talk with someone rational for awhile, consider becoming a member.