Are you curious? Are you always questioning things that you see around you? Are you looking for answers, but most of them just aren't convincing enough? Are you looking for hard facts and are sick of all the bullshit the world throws at you today?So am I.I too want to know how to figure out what's fact and what's fiction. I want to know what works and what doesn't, and who's right and who's not.There's a problem though. A lot of what we find in this quest is either based on bad evidence, bad ideas, propaganda or just misinformation.
On Rationable, I talk about topics that affect our everyday lives and clean out the tons of nonsense encrusted between the lines. In a world of "fake news", "alternative facts" and a disregard for science and scepticism, we need to be able to separate the fiction from the truth.How do we do that? By thinking critically. By going after evidence and facts from reliable sources that not only give you the facts, but also the nuance and context those facts need to be understood.
Follow my weekly articles that demonstrate critical thinking by exploring the science and evidence behind current topics, science news, fad diets, pseudoscience, superstitions and discrimination. I'll share my own story and the ways I discovered that help me make better decisions and be more discerning of the claims people make. In the process, I hope I can show you how to use these techniques effectively, every day, to fill your life with more truth than lies.If you feel I'm being biased or not reporting the evidence accurately, please let me know in the comments. My only request is you keep your comments civil and respectful.
I'm a writer and a musician with a feverish curiosity about everything in this world. But, the truth matters to me. I can't just take someone's word for something. I need to see the evidence for myself if there is any. I've found that way of thinking is very beneficial to our lives. It keeps us from getting conned and misled - which are the central reasons why I want to share this way of thinking so the world can become a less gullible place.Paradoxically enough, I've spent most of my life being a gullible, nerdy, sci-fi loving kid, allowing bad ideas and bullshit to permeate my ideas. I wasn't fanatical about anything but I believed anything was possible. I didn't dismiss anything out of hand. I lived and let live.And I loved science fiction and science too. As a kid, I read 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke, Contact and Cosmos by Carl Sagan and the Foundation saga by Isaac Asimov among others. So when I started doing my MA in Professional Writing, I wanted to write a hard science fiction novel just like those that I read.
More importantly, I wanted to write a novel based on the things I had come to believe. So I looked started looking for the science of ancient technologies and the ancient aliens that had built the pyramids and Atlantis. I came up with absolutely nothing scientific. All the sites I found were spooky ones that didn't seem that credible. Websites by NASA and National Geographic came up with nothing. History channel seemed stuffed full of it but none of the documentaries actually had any scientists cited. I looked for ancient technological civilisations in India like those described in Mahabharata and Ramayana. Nothing there either. What about current day UFOs? They had to be real. Right? Nope. What was going on here? Were the things I believed not true? It doesn't take a genius to figure out Stargate wasn't a documentary, but damn, how much shit did I find plausible?!Like Agent Mulder from X-Files, I wanted to believe. My search grew more desperate and ever more futile. Then I discovered Richard Dawkins, the Mythbusters, and The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe and Skeptoid podcasts.
A new world opened up before me, and I couldn't get enough of it!I still can't. But now, I feel I'm at a place where I can share what I've learned over the years and help you think more critically about what people say and your own beliefs too. It's incredibly liberating and empowering to be able to decipher, decode and dismantle bad ideas and misinformation.So, follow this blog, read the posts and let me know what you think.You can also get in touch with me on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @berationable
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