Skeptical inquiry from a Native Americans perspective. This blogspot is aimed to promote scientific inquiry and critical thinking by exploring the methods of how we can relate the importance and power of not only science, but analytical decision making skills as a vital tool of reason for young minds. But, sometimes I might also discuss some of the issues that arise from being a minority in the Skeptical movement.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sharing Native American Culture and Offering a Unique Brand of Skepticism
Recently, I was privileged with an opportunity to share some insight into Native American culture and offer a unique brand of skepticism to the associate members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), a nonprofit scientific educational organization.
Not only does CSI offer a network of people interested in seeing paranormal investigations (or anything considered to be "fringe" ) using science appropriately, but it also publishes an official journal, Skeptical Inquirer magazine. The list of founding members of CSI includes some rather well
known scientists, academics, and science writers such as Carl Sagan,
Isaac Asimov, Philip Klass, Paul Kurtz, Ray Hyman, James Randi, and
Martin Gardner. If you needed another reason to join, CSI also offers the Skeptical Briefs, a special newsletter with articles featuring regular columnists and different skeptical groups from around the world, exclusively to its' *Associate Members.
I have written a few articles for the Skeptical Briefs ranging in subjects from cryptozoology (the study of hidden animals) to witchcraft. I try to offer a more critical look that is often not found as another resource for those interested in putting together a more accurate representation of what Native American beliefs actually depict. Some topics covered include; Navajo Skinwalkers, Native American Legends, and the New Age Mysticism that shows up around Native American Spirituality.
Those at CSI have graciously made some past articles available online, not just from the Skeptical Inquirer magazine, but the Skeptical Briefs newsletter as well! So, for those of you who are not Associate Members of CSI and have not been able to read any of my past articles, here is your chance to check one of them out, Thunderbirds.