I used to be a Scientologist and got myself out of that situation in late 2013. As part of my road out of that mess, I discovered skepticism and the whole subject of critical thinking. It was an epiphany for me and a very important step on my road to recovery. No one wants to think that they were duped or made a fool of, and no one wants to think that they could be so easily deceived. Once I started learning about logic and reason, I made it my mission in life to spread this new “gospel” so as to help others in their lives.
Logic and critical thinking skills are vital to successful and sensible living, and are sorely lacking in modern education. If we can provide someone with the ability to think better, we then give that person the ability to successfully and constructively influence the world around them. Regardless of a person’s background, race, gender, religion, field of employment or location, being able to reason gives anyone the ability to sift through the lies, half-truths and misconceptions that seem to make up so much of life. I also like to believe that people who can reason logically will also be less likely to foist off those same misconceptions and lies on others.
Unfortunately, unless people go looking for these skills, they are not easy to come by. Logic and critical thinking skills are not taught as a routine part of any school curriculum, at least not below college level. And I believe that this is a major factor, perhaps the most important one of all, which answers the question of “Why do people act so crazy sometimes?”
Anyone has a right to believe anything they want. It is not my place to tell someone that their faith is wrong or how to live their life. Antagonizing fundamentalists or making someone feel bad because they are “stupid” are the fastest roads I know to making enemies and turning people away from rationality. These things have no part of my mission.
It is my intention to:
1. Make logic and critical thinking easy to learn about and put into use. Critical thinking skills don’t come naturally to everyone; for most people they take work and lots of practice. I believe people have to work their mental muscles the same way that body builders work their abs and pecs.
2. Get logic and critical thinking taught at every level of formal education, making it a standard part of curricula so people graduate school with the skills they need to not be so easily duped by slanted media, politicians, advertising, religious zealots, pseudo-science and con artists.
3. Provide a forum for the exchange of information to anyone who wants to know more about reason, logic, skepticism and critical thinking.