Skepticism: Why critical thinking makes you smarter

Being skeptical isn't just about being contrarian. It's about asking the right questions of ourselves and others to gain understanding.

  • It's not always easy to tell the difference between objective truth and what we believe to be true. Separating facts from opinions, according to skeptic Michael Shermer, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, and others, requires research, self-reflection, and time.
  • Recognizing your own biases and those of others, avoiding echo chambers, actively seeking out opposing voices, and asking smart, testable questions are a few of the ways that skepticism can be a useful tool for learning and growth.
  • As Derren Brown points out, being "skeptical of skepticism" can also lead to interesting revelations and teach us new things about ourselves and our psychology.
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Become a master mixologist with this $30 course

Learn to whip up some of the most popular cocktails — from classic mojitos to white chocolate and coconut martinis.

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  • From gin to tequila, this online course collection offers tips and tricks that lay out the fundamentals of pro bartending.
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Introduce your child to the world of STEM with these DIY projects

These DIY learning kits focus on topics like coding, robotics, and AI, and are on sale for as low as $41.99.

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  • If you want your kids to learn and play at the same time, introduce them to the world of STEM and robotics.
  • Starting as young as age five, STEM projects can increase a child's overall knowledge and critical thinking skills.
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