"Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions."
As you well know, I can't stop asking questions. So, in addition to the heap of books I read over the course of 2009, I spent a good deal of time on Science blogs and Science-based Medicine blogs, gettin' my ass schooled in critical thinking. I have, once again, been humbled by my ignorance.
What blogs have I been reading? Here's my top three:
Respectful Insolence, which in its own words is: "the miscellaneous ramblings of a surgeon/scientist on medicine, quackery, science, pseudoscience, history, and pseudohistory (and anything else that interests him)."
Science-Based Medicine: "Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine."
Pharyngula, where the always interesting, cephalopod-loving, PZ Myers resides.
I've been reading these blogs for months now and still don't feel like I have the skills to get involved in the discussions. And this is probably as it should be, considering all the time I've spent in my life blathering on about stuff I had no idea about (thanks be to my Jehovah's Witness upbringing on that one). It seems only fitting that I should take my time before opening my mouth on topics now, particularly those of which I have little formal knowledge.
I'm quite enjoying learning from the back of the room. But at some point this year, I'm planning to enroll in a college-level critical thinking class and formally get my butt kicked. It's time for me to try out that thicker skin I've been working on these past four years.
This really does seem to be my "coming out" year doesn't it?