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What is skepticism?

Skepticism is a method of examining claims about the world. The skeptical "toolbox" includes a reliance upon reason, critical thinking, and a desire for verifiable, testable evidence about particular claims (especially extraordinary ones). Usually, the "skeptical way of thinking" is embodied in the scientific method.

If you'd like to learn more about skeptics and skepticism, some great places to start (besides your local Drinking Skeptically) are the websites of skeptical groups and organizations. Here are a few to get you started: