The Jedi Legacy

The Daily Skeptic Blog has been far from “daily” as of late – the main reason is that I started a new job and had my first baby. While I settle into the new life as a proud daddy, please bear with me as I post non-news essays about various topics.

In case you haven’t notice, the Skeptic Blog has been leaning more and more toward personal liberty and individualist-type as those characteristics are necessary to achieve a skeptical mind-set. Here is an essay I wrote for fun back in January in 2016 about the Jedi morals from the Star Wars saga. Having have been a big Star Wars fan (movies and the now obsolete extended universe, of course), I kept finding deep anti-democratic, anti-liberty, anti-individualist sentiment within the Jedi order – I saw this attitude so often within the original, prequel, and books, it seems almost like a theme for the Jedi. When one sees the immoral, irrational Jedi within this light, I think it brings more rationality to Anakin’s fall away from the Order and more beauty to Luke’s own reformation to the Order. Enjoy my early writing, I will be posting more of these.

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The Jedi Legacy

In Defense of the Sith

It is not long after one begins the Star Wars trilogy, either in the films or the books, does one face the dark side of the force, the dreaded Sith Lords. Consistently the antagonists throughout the epic story, the Siths are users of the force just like the Jedi and yet the Siths are seen as being ‘the bad guys’ always hidden in the shadows in defiance against the Jedi’s fight for peace and justice in the galaxy. Because it is easy to label the Jedi as the heroes they appear to be, I run the obvious risk of sounding like a crazy contrarian seeking to critique any aspect of popular opinion. That maybe the case, but I aim to dissect the Jedi order in comparison to the Sith order to reveal that even the Jedi and Sith cannot be taken at face value. Bear with me as I daringly seek to shine new light on the Dark Side of the force.

As any novice Star Wars fan knows, there is the Force controlling and guiding every living thing in the universe, “it’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together” as Obi Wan so poetically puts it in Star Wars: A New Hope.  Throughout the galaxy there are some who possess the ability to control and manipulate the Force, and based on the individual’s character, intensions, and emotions they use either the light side or the dark side of the force. Almost immediately, as if run by a totalitarian censorship, the two sides of control is painted as good and bad – please remain skeptical of this assumption (but if you don’t, I will do that work for you). The light side of the force is how the Jedi are supposed to use it and is routinely characterized as being compassionate, mindful, and just. The dark side of the force however, is reserved for passion, hate, and fear; characteristics we associate with evil actions but – may I remind the reader – these characteristics are all too human. They are built within us and are a part of any emotional human being.

I must digress. The Jedi have helped the galaxy keep peace for over 50,000 years by using these powers. It isn’t until a rouge Jedi, leaving the order to collect followers and colonizes natives of Korriban, who from the inhabitants name sake, they coin the phrase “Sith”. These Force manipulators, with an imbedded hatred for the Jedi, spark many wars and because of their short lived passion, lacks of numbers, and lack of unity, are beaten by the Jedi. The main actors in these first encounters with the Jedi order are not important up until 1,000 B.B.Y.  as far as the Sith philosophy goes. I am putting myself in an uncomfortable firing zone with the Sith lore fans, so I must clarify: these Sith Lords, between the time they left the Jedi and until 1000 years before A New Hope, are interesting in their own respects while they pave the way for the most recent Siths and they deserve investigation from those truly interested in them. But, for the sake of reviewing the core Sith philosophy, they can be ignored for now.

In the movies, there is a prophesy continuously, yet vaguely, brought up by the Jedi that someone from their ranks are supposed to rise up and bring balance to the force; the character in question in Anakin Skywalker who, after becoming frustrated with the Jedi Order, is lead to the dark side where he assists Darth Plagues in exterminating the Jedi. An unimaginable and dramatic feat leads the Jedi survivors to believe Anakin was not the person in the prophesy. Just as Greek mythology is based on assumptions and misunderstandings, so is the Jedi interpretation of their fate. It is released to the audience in Return of the Jedi, that Anakin really is the one who balances the force by killing Darth Plagues. A point that seems to be missed is that Anakin whipped out the Jedi and the Sith parties. The importance of the actions of Anakin is not just to purge the Jedi (which the audience sees as a great tragedy), but to destroy both parties from the galaxy and thus balancing the force.  The Force, constantly and unbiasly guiding the universe, could not have balanced itself out without first purging the Jedi in genocide; which leads to my main argument: the Jedi were tainted by backwards hypocritical dogma in which a balanced force could not be realized.

Little known to the movie goers, the Sith also have their own prophesy that is much more honest and brutal than the Jedi one. The prophesy says that there will be a Sith (titled Sith’ari), who will be so strong they will purge the ranks of the Sith and through the strongest will continue to rule the galaxy. Again, this prophesy is sometimes misinterpreted as being false. But young Darth Bane, rising through the Sith Academy in a Jedi-Sith war 1,000 B.B.Y., destroys the Sith Lords in battle and begins his reign with the Rule of Two which sets the rule for the Siths from then on: only two Sith could exist at any given time. A Dark Lord of the Sith to embody power, and an apprentice to crave it. For the next 1,000 years, the Siths remained in hiding following this rule while also gaining power, money, and knowledge all without the attention of the aloof Jedi.

The successful completion of the Sith prophesy is needed in order for the completion of the Jedi prophesy. Both – and I mean both – factions must be eliminated to balance the galaxy. Some may ask why the Jedi needed to be purged, and I am glad they asked. The Jedi, even when compared to the Sith are a force for evil in that galaxy while hiding behind an ever distorted mask of morality and justice. To continue, a comparison must be made between the two parties philosophy. Luckily, we have been given two “codes” for the Sith and Jedi. The Jedi Code is as follows:

There is no emotion, there is peace
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge
There is no passion, there is serenity
There is no chaos, there is harmony
There is no death, there is the Force

The common Star Wars fan should have no problem with this code as it reflects exactly what is intended. Meek and mild Jedi: out to save the day in a peaceful and mindful way. The skeptic of readers should be able to pick out one or two contradictions in this code as well as in the Jedi actions including but absolutely not limited to the restriction of knowledge, eager war mongering, and child abduction to name a few. Before I get started ranting about the Jedi order and risk losing myself, let me now present the Sith code:

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

The Sith code, being modeled purposely after the Jedi code, states more clearly that the Sith realize that the human passion guides everything. This passion, whether it be hatred, fear, love, or even happiness will bring about strength to obtain the power that is their victory. My first argument in defense of the Sith is that they are human. They realize that they must use their unrelenting human emotions that are undeniably apart of everyone in every way the Jedi code is not.

As the code suggests, the Jedi are supposed to be protectors of peace and justice throughout the galaxy and just like the guards in Plato’s The Republic are supposed to be the humble protectors of the Republic, the Jedi are to be examples of morality. It is this sense of morality the Jedi use to cling to the ledge of power within the galaxy. The Galactic Republic seem to be able to hold their own against the various wars and yet the Jedi are always there ready to attack. Wars such as the Mandalorian wars, in which the Jedi provoked and slaughter the Mandalorian race, and in the Clone Wars the Jedi’s were all too ready to abandon their sense of peace to send their Jedi into battle. If the Jedi were as peaceful as their code suggests, they may have given into some debate as to if they should involve themselves. Maybe the authoritarian Jedi Counsel may have attempted more diplomacy before the genocide they have committed.

Almost just as war hungry, Yoda and Mace Windu, in their Clone Wars, show that the Order has not changed and will not change when their power is threatened. Instead, they have undemocratically sealed their fate by throwing all Jedi into the fray forcing their fighters (and child soldiers) to fight in a war that does not involve them. If more democracy was used to make decisions, there would be no doubt to think Anakin would have sided with the Jedi. The same hypocritical peacefulness can be seen throughout history with figures like Gandhi and Muhammad who seem peaceful, lead their numbers to death for their own selfish cause.

Another crime with which the Jedi Order fortunately escapes scrutiny is their African war lord-like child abduction. Throughout the tens of thousands of years, the Jedi have no problem exclusively recruiting child warriors with or without the consent of the parents. The children are taken at such a young age, they cannot remember their family lest they grow attachment to them which is against the Jedi Code.  Yoda seems to attribute Anakin’s falling away to his relationship with his mother. Remember, the Jedi are the good guys. Whether or not the child agrees to be brain washed and mercilessly trained and molded into the perfect Jedi warrior, they are expected to learn the ways of the Force day in and day out. All for the sake of peace and justice in the Galaxy, these child warriors may die for their moral cause. An army Koni must have idolized this use of child warriors if he has seen it.

Luke Skywalker is a huge agent for the Jedi cause, but the same train of thought should be focused on his actions in respects to the Force as a whole. Remember, both the Jedi and Sith had to be purged and in the time of Luke, there were only two Jedi masters left: Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda both of whom Luke seemed to constantly butt heads with. Usually attributed to the master-apprentice relationship, the frustration grows. In the book, Luke completes a very difficult day-long task while Yoda narrates and criticizes. Finally, Luke, filled with joy, completed the task but is soon let down to hear from Yoda that yes, he completed the task, but he used his frustration to complete it. A back handed remark that reminds us the out dated Jedi mind set is still with the remaining Jedi.

The Empire Strikes Back is usually proclaimed as the best film. For Luke, it is the most important as he begins his more serious Jedi training but also begins the path away from the Jedi ways. First, when worried for his friends and in a storm of loyalty, passion, and urgency tells Yoda and Kenobi he has to pause his training save his friends. The old masters, worried for his safety and the future of their ways, strongly advised against it. Not only are they opposed to Luke’s sense of loyalty and compassion, are also spiteful towards his free spirited individualism. These are of the dark side! We may quickly be reminded that the dark side is the human side and respects loyalty and compassion. But Yoda and Kenobi abandon this moral attribute for the sake of their philosophy (which, it has to be said, the only ones who truly want the Jedi order to return are the two surviving Jedi. If their plan to train Luke and pitch him against the Sith Lords fails, no one would know or care). The final objection to Luke’s journey is from Obi Wan who threatens to not assist Luke if Luke gets into trouble. A life threatening claim is fulfilled when, faced with death, had to be saved in return by his friends. Kenobi would rather let Luke die than to put aside his Jedi code. Seems like even the Jedi trophy boy cannot trust in the Jedi assistance. This is seen in comparison where the Sith are seen to stop at nothing to step in to help friends and loved ones. Who would have thought the dark side has such a soft side. Please remember that Anakin’s flight to the dark side was to save his wife and Reven’s excommunication from the Jedi order was so that he could get married.

Luke stays vigilant to his own sense of morality by allowing marriage, free access to library archives, and a choice to join the order or not. It is out of the very idea of liberty and free thought that Luke integrated the best aspects of love, loyalty, and knowledge into his new Jedi order. Knowledge, being the biggest ideal in their code having been listed second, was ignored before Luke. The vast library the Jedi possessed was not available to everyone – and more seriously – not available to the lesser Jedi members. The oligarchy of the high Jedi masters reserved the right to restrict certain books and monitor the user’s browsing. This is obviously another hypocritical condition of the Jedi and provides little room for any moral argument.

The Jedi, then, finishes the stripping of any individuality but outlawing emotions. How totalitarian can one get and still be the protagonists in a series? It would seem musolini and Franco have some work to do to catch up to the Jedi in that respect. The only thing the Order is missing is thought crime – but ha! Mind control. Who else but the Jedi would be able to read and control minds?  Maybe the definition of knowledge isn’t the spread of knowledge but the control of it. Rightly parallel to the Sith, who have no mention of knowledge in their code, strive for knowledge. It is widly known that the Sith Lords, in an attempt to escape death, create hollocrons which are used to store all that they have learned. The quest is dangerous and is always shared with their apprentice, and in the case of the early Sith, shared with the students of the Jedi order.

In respects to liberty, love, emotions altogether, loyalty, censorship, and knowledge the Jedi stand with those such as Kim Jun-il, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler (especially in regards to genocide). Some readers maybe reduced to the last argument to be made of the Jedi: that the Sith are obviously bad, why not just side with the Jedi? The last speck of the irrational mind pulls the viewer to think “at least they are trying to do what’s best”. Maybe one can see where Im going. The noble actions of many who appear or proclaim to be just have always doomed human history. Can we be reminded of the Nazi SS in this case? If I could dissect what little emotion the SS barbarians have, then we could begin seeing the foundation of the Jedi. Holy missions, such as the crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, have also used these arguments to justify their backward thinking. I beg you to always be vigilant when you meet a faction who claims to have all the answers, because the Jedi looms behind this fantastic idea of a utopia. At least the Sith actually follow up with their promises.

It is absolutely silly to use this much effort and apply this much time to analyzing a fictional order like the Jedi, but I strongly believe that, out of human nature, we assume too much in peoples’ characteristics. We jump to conclusions and assume the Jedi are ideal. This cannot be further from the case! It is of a health mind to question these things, for fun or for the protection of the truth. I challenge the reader the exercise and appeal to this natural contrarian thought process.
 

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Dr. Phillip Stetz – A Review

[NOTE: This is a review I wrote for a Professor I had. Just uploading it here because it was funny]

Professor Phillip Stetz has been at Stephen F Austin State University ( “SFA”) since 2002 and has been an associate professor since 2008 and although he has received high praise from few sources (mainly from himself), under further review, anyone can see and surly does see that he is a joke to the department and is anything but helpful to students. In fact, he is the lowest rated professor in the college of business we can see why. His outdated expertise is unhelpful and defiantly unavailable to students.  If a student is unlucky enough as to take this professor (usually because all the other professors fill up so quickly to avoid his course) they will have the opportunity to take the worst professor known to SFA, and the college of business is finally catching on.

After calling his own son a ‘pussy’ for switching jobs, one should first point to his faculty vita: a long list of repetitive, half-truths, that mean to show his professional expertise but merely leave the student to wonder “how is this guy tenured?”. His son, having worked four years at a Big Four Accounting Firm outshines his dad who worked only two years at a Big Eight Accounting Firm Coopers and Lybrand. Maybe, in his seniority, he forgot this fact before throwing his son under the bus in front of his class? No, this is merely an introduction to the character of Phillip Stetz. Any former student should add “hypocrite” to his name. I also recall his advice that, in the professional world, you should stay with a firm for no less than 5 years in order to be a faithful employee.

Those who can’t do, teach. Nothing rings louder than this saying for professor Stetz who, in 1975 after ending his unsuccessful career in Auditing and Tax, began his reign over the family business: Stetz’s Enterprises. Although one may quickly see there was a “660% growth” in the company, Professor Stetz closed the company in 1990. Maybe the growth was too much for humble Stetz? In any case, Dr. Stetz closed the business in a hurry to begin his long bought of unemployment and to go back to school to get his master’s and doctorate degrees. Why would Stetz close an apparently successful business venture that has lasted generations just to become unemployed for multiple years? It was not actually successful. If it were successful, he would not close his business. Perhaps it would be good advice to Stetz to have him take his own class. If one took his class MGT 463, he gives a semester’s worth of excuses as to why businesses fail. This must be his biggest area of expertise because while he boasts of being an entrepreneurial professional, he defiantly knows how to fail in a career and in business.

If his students were each made into a metaphor as an entrepreneurial business run by Dr. Stetz, even he would admit and has admitted to them that they are not prepared for success; and he is proud of it! In my evaluation of Professor Stetz, I quickly covered his competency as a professor:

If I could give one bad evaluation in my entire college career, it would be for professor Stetz. He is unhelpful and proud of it. He provides vague lectures and answers no questions in class. If a brave soul is crazy enough to attempt to talk to professor Stetz outside of class, they will be greeted by the most unpleasant professor at SFA. He will do nothing short of screaming and throwing things to avoid meeting with students during his office hours. The students are all on their own against this vindictive, arrogant, outdated, malevolent, bully of a professor. If these evaluations were taken seriously, he would no longer be teaching at SFA.

And perhaps these evaluations were taken very seriously by the department. According to a few management professors, who informed me anonymously, he is equally as unpleasant to his coworkers as he is to his students. Additionally, his core class, which has been taught by him and only him, is now offered by three other professors and his once open selection of classes is replaced by only one class period. Meaning, the department is catching on and started phasing him out – good for them!

Because very little feedback is available, only ratemyprofessor provides a true look at what the students think of this man. Graded on his helpfulness, clarity, and easiness from a 1 to 5, professor Stetz stands out as the lowest ranking teacher in the department of management, college of business, as well as the SFA Campus as a whole. Out of 31 ratings, he has an average of 2.1. Seems his coworkers and students both see his stain on the department and are reeling him back in from a position of any sort of usefulness. To parallel the very very few positive feedback Stetz conveniently provides on his own faculty vita, students here often say:

Absolutely the worst professor I have ever taken. He is extremely unhelpful and is incredibly rude to students. – 11/09/2015

Worst professor I’ve ever taken! He is a professor who only helps males. Whenever I would go ask questions he would say read the book or ask your classmates (Even if I came in with a question from the book). My guy friends however, would get help. If you didn’t pass and you take his class your adviser understands why you didn’t pass. – 08/29/2015

He has the experience and expertise but does not share it with his students. He waves it in the student’s face and gets a kick out of students that try to grab it. His way of teaching is outdated, dated from 2002 at the latest. If this were the 90’s he’d be top notch. Don’t bother challenging or sharing new, creative ideas; they will be wrong. – 02/02/2015

Worst experience I have ever had at SFA! The material was very simple, but he tries to make it hard. Tests are almost all T/F. Won’t answer questions, won’t help you (even if you go by during office hours). The second B in my college career despite an understanding of the subject. – 04/27/2009

by the far the worst professor I have had in my 4 years at SFA. DO NOT TAKE. Entertains questions but will roll his eyes, tell you to recall a lecture from months prior and then never answers it. kept me from ever asking a question even in the confidence of an e mail or in his office. -05/13/2009

I can almost hear his airy, nasal, sadistic laugh when reading these. Taking pride in his failures is only the beginning of why professor Stetz should not be at SFA and his record proves it. In a clear recollection of the business simulation I participated in his class, over 1,700 teams were compared nationally online. Over a decade of teams (about five every class giving him over 50 teams) to compete nationally, he has never had a successful team. In a rage of frustration for the reality of this lack of teaching competency, he chewed us out for not preforming better for the class period (nothing new if the reader has had a childish professor). In an anxious and helpless plea of help in a different class, Professor Stetz refused to help multiple teams in their struggle. So, in addition to his bullying during class and abuse for seeking help, the Professor will happily fail you. And if you are to perform poorly in his class, a failing grade as well as a point reduction in the project grade is all too easy for him to hand out. I say again, “The students are all on their own against this vindictive, arrogant, outdated, malevolent, bully of a professor”

This explicitly horrible professor, having received tenure after doing time at SFA, is put into a position of professional responsibility. The position of tenure is a professional contract between Stetz and the College of Business where the department gives Stetz a guarantee of employment in exchange for his continued work as a professor and continued academic work. Can Dr. Stetz who, with disregard to his lectures, continually fails to provide his students the best possible service, still hold up his end of the tenure-bargain? Most professors at SFA do, Dr. Stetz does not. Again, we must look to his faculty vita.

Just as repetitive and vague as his doctoral dissertation (being titled An Examination of Strategies Across the Spectrum of Diversified Corporation, one can get an idea how boring and unnecessarily complex his lectures are), his faculty vita is rattled with journal writings he has published. His profile provides a little over eight original articles and writings he has contributed. I say original articles because he actually, by mistake or by vanity, repeated many of his articles throughout his profile. Most contributions consist of fewer than ten pages and co-authored leaves the reader wondering how much work he actually produced. Are his classes so hard as to steal his effort away from these academic works? No, of course not. His power points, facts, and lectures look as old as him and date no later than 2005; far from accurate. If I may repeat the evaluation for emphasis: “His way of teaching is outdated, dated from 2002 at the latest. If this were the 90’s he’d be top notch. Don’t bother challenging or sharing new, creative ideas; they will be wrong”

Dr. Stetz’s favorite work is A-1 Lanes and Currency Crisis of the East Asian Tigers published in 2008 in the Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice Journal weighing in at 12 pages. Unlike his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Stetz has had help in this work and so it is not as repetitive nor a massive waste of time to read. The article is mentioned no less than six times in the vita and yet has failed to put any impression or emphasis in the work toward the university that so kindly tenured the professor in trust he will provide some sort of return. According to Washington times columnist David Levy in his 2012 article, Do College Professors Work Hard Enough, Professor Stetz has also failed in his academic work. Having 22 weeks of time to work on articles in one year, Dr. Stetz only provided seven articles (totaling 69 pages) over six years. What is he doing other than milking his tenure?

Let us not neglect the rest of his profile or we may miss some sort of meaning to Dr. Stetz’s career. Passing his attempt to seem valuable in his long list of “professional services”, we find his services to SFA. Fortunately, professor Stetz stopped his repetitive rambling and has gotten to the meat of his service to SFA. Listing “Course Coordinator”, “Advisor”, and “Mentor” is a stretch made by our professor to seem useful by fulfilling his basic functions as professor. Sparing Stetz the criticism of his own lecturing, we should focus on his role as an advisor and mentor. Please rely on the, again anonymous, feedback from his students. One of whom actually approached Stetz’s office during office hours and was yelled at for merely asking to advise on major projects. As a mentor, Stetz attributes his skill in resume preparation, interview techniques, and phone interviews as being a valuable mentor to his students.

His last failure I wish to cover is regarding his attempt to open an Entrepreneurial center at the College of Business. As phrased in the vita:

Although the initial funding was withdrawn for the proposed Entrepreneurial Center, several candidates have been identified who may be interested in changing their career paths to become the new director of the center, once funding is identified

Finally our professor has been brief but honest in his failures. No examples say to why it failed is stated but it can easily be imagined by the reader if one refers to his teaching philosophy.

This toad of a professor, if he can be caught in his office during his office hours, will turn away any student who begs for help. The multiple and consistent occurrences of his brutal “help” he provides students proves he not only is a failure as a course coordinator, advisor, mentor, provider of special (or ordinary) accommodation requests, and as a decent human being. Dr. Stetz has failed on all accounts: as a professor, as an advisor, as a mentor, as a tenured employee at SFA, as a business owner, and as an employee.

Again, I must say and the reader must be wondering why Stetz is still at SFA. If the evaluations are taken seriously, the campus will be enlightened to rid of Dr. Stetz. The fast growing and innovated campus has been gifted with new programs and magnificent buildings. The hard working and effortless work of most tenured professors at SFA can be compared only to these successes. Whereas Dr. Stetz’s contributions can only be compared to the stale urine stained floors in the library bathrooms, all students are more than aware of.

The Confirmation Bias: Our enemy

Once you notice it, you cannot un-notice it. It is absolutely necessary to decisions, opinions, and actions, and yet, it is missing from the majority of today’s conversations. And that is critical thinking. The ability to think before believing and asserting. Far too often than we would like to admit, we jump to conclusions. Since childhood, we are told think and we accept them as facts. Its only natural since such beliefs are drilled into our evolutionary survival. A parent tell’s their child to stay away from the lion’s den because it is dangerous. If every child has to go investigate every claim, there will be no more children! They would all be dead. These are our ancestors. And although it is useful for survival, we must break away from this primitive and childish way of thinking.

It does not have to be a parent advising a child. The vast majority of beliefs held today are political or religious or both! Lets say I am a conservative youngster just beginning to look into the world of politics. I stumble across and article (conservative) that says Global Warming isn’t real. Because I self identify as a conservative, I would accept that as fact! Who has the time to research it? And since I know it is from a conservative source, I defiantly wouldn’t investigate, because it already confirms my belief. There is a lot of evidence that people seem to migrate to their own beliefs and read only sources that confirms their opinions. Imagine the relief they get when religious devotees are falling away from the church and attend service. They are over whelmed and no doubt relieved to see that so many people agree with their beliefs. One can easily see how this confirmation bias would work for the mentally insane – how overwhelmingly pleased they are when they find others to believe in their irrational yet convincing ideals. This bias, officially called the “Confirmation Bias” is well researched, but is not well communicated.

“If one were to attempt to identify a single problematic aspect of human reasoning that deserves attention above all others, the confirmation bias would have to be among the candidates for consideration. Many have written about this bias, and it appears to be sufficiently strong and pervasive that one is led to wonder whether the bias, by itself, might account for a significant fraction of the disputes, altercations, and misunderstandings that occur among individuals, groups, and nations.”

– Raymond S. Nickerson

Of course people know about it, but what does it have to do with them? Of course they are right. But I strongly believe that everyone falls victim to this dreadful bias. I have plenty of times! Remember that poor Conservative youngster from above? That was me! It took many years of stubborn fact searching but I finally became aware of it. I defiantly do not think I have it all figured out, but it is what we don’t know that makes people intelligent. I think the late Christopher Hitchens puts it best

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks”

This is my goal for this blog: to tackle stories I find and break them down, if not for the reader, then for myself.

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First blog post

Being a news junkie myself, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and start my own blog. But being a Skeptic, I plan to use my blog for good. I will start to post news articles from a skeptical and investigated angle. I despise the biased news, and usually end up researching stories, so why not create a blog to flex my writing abilities as well?

I plan to work this blog daily, mainly writing about a news article a day.

Monday – Thursday I will post daily news ranging from politics, health, science (pseudoscience), business, and historical stories.

I want Friday to be Good Friday  were I post on stories related to religion, science, philosophy and the like.

Saturday will be a week in review were I will either review the direction of the news stories or touch on a story that seems important enough to warrant another article.

And finally, Sunday will be my book review day where I will touch on books I loved or hated.

This is will be a blog started out of my news obsession as well as a way to start writing more – If it becomes something more, then I’ll be happy and write more!

Suggestions and comments are welcomed

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