… in developing an inquiring mind
… in science and critical thinking
… we are all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts
… the truth is worth seeking
… that it’s OK to be proven wrong
Hi, I’m Heidi
There are a couple things I’d like you to know about me. Firstly I self identify as a skeptic. By ‘skeptic’ what I mean is that I value the scientific method as a tool to better understand the world. I prefer to use critical thinking, reason, and evidence to form my opinions.
I haven’t always been this way. I used to indulge in some fairly dubious beliefs. My world-view was very heavily supportive of alternative medicines, and I considered all opinions to be of equal value and validity. However, I have come to understand that an informed opinion outweighs a ill-informed or misinformed opinion. I consider the truth to be more desirable than even the most comforting of white lies. While some irrational ideas seem to do no harm, others can be down right dangerous. The solution is to doubt everything. Especially your own beliefs.
This blog cover will a broad range of topics. Some of my pet issues involve vaccination and alternative health therapies, science education and scientific literacy in society, mental illness, discrimination, and religion in public schooling. Just to name a few.
Along with my embrace of skepticism, you should also know that I am a Mum. I have been for nearly 6 years now. I’ll be blogging about my daughter a bit. I think she’s pretty awesome. We have adventures together.
Can you handle all that? You can? Wonderful. Welcome to my self-indulgent blog.