The Ethical Skeptic

Challenging Pseudo-Skepticism, Institutional Propaganda and Cultivated Ignorance

The Nine Features of Great Philosophy

Within the Riddle of Skepticism is revealed the very nature and role of philosophy.

For me, nine feature traits serve to formulate the basis of an important new philosophy. Much of this set of principles revolves around the same tenets which serve to identify good science, innovative ideas and serviceable patents. Philosophy, despite the problem of philosophy as identified by Karl Popper, is no different. Venerable thoughts should exhibit certain beneficial and ethical traits in service to mankind – regardless of whether the domain context is legal, governing, mathematical, scientific or philosophical in nature. In each of my blogs, I strive to meet these expectations for my own work. I don’t always hit the mark – but I will say it is very easy to find examples of philosophy which violate each of these tenets. We all have a long way to go.

The Nine Features of Great Philosophy

An astute scientist or engineer who has filed a patent, might observe that the four elements of a sound patent appear inside this feature set (Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 9).

1.  Distinct – Serves in an incremental or open critical-path role

2.  Cogent – Is focused, concise and meaningful

3.  Novel – Has not been fairly addressed before

4.  Non-obvious – Not really obvious to the average philosopher

5.  Adeptly Addresses Prior Art – Leverages or fairly modifies prior philosophical work

6.  Not Sophistry – Not developed to feature nor protect an agenda

7.  Clarifying – decreases the entropy of knowledge and understanding

8.  Useful – bears incremental utility inside a specific context domain

9.  Teachable – Can be effectively communicated and sustained

And that being said, I leave you now with Ethical Skepticism’s “The Riddle of Skepticism”

The Riddle of Skepticism

Through proclaiming skepticism, one has already struck the tar baby of philosophy and can no longer plead denial of their action in its contending. With the exception of man’s inalienable natural rights, philosophy, despite serving as the foundation of science – nonetheless cannot be abused to supplant nor act in lieu of the methods and conclusions of science.  The discipline of philosophy, even an examination as to how we go about developing knowledge, cannot be employed as a means to bypass science and pretend to act in its place, as this is not the purpose of philosophy. Skepticism, as a critical facet of philosophy, is likewise bound by this construct.

The question one must ask them self, before venturing into this hall of mirrors called skepticism is not, whether or not I can establish a likelihood of being right or wrong on a matter. The question in the mind of the ethical skeptic should be ‘If I were wrong, would I even know it?” and “If I were wrong, would I be contributing to harm?” This is the focus of the philosophy of skepticism and not this business of leveraging one’s current limited knowledge into a pretense of ‘evaluating claims’ brought on a silver platter. Such self deception constitutes merely cynicism and a pretense of representing science.

Science is the process of knowledge development and the body of accepted knowledge such process serves to precipitate. Pseudo science is a process of corrupted science method employed inside a pretense of representing science – but inside that same constraint can never be ‘a body of unacceptable knowledge’ as this violates objective logic, domain theory as well as skepticism itself. Pseudo skepticism therefore, is a process of corrupted philosophy employed inside a deciding in lieu of or pretense of representing science.

Doubt, belief, ignorance of risk, along with social pressure to accede to stacked provisional knowledge; therefore, stand as the raw materials which are spun into the fabric of the lie. This is why the ethical skeptic relies upon the suspension of these things – embodied in the philosophy of epoché. Rather than decide for himself what is true and untrue, instead he robs the lie spinner (even if himself) of the raw material he desperately needs. He is not denying knowledge, rather denying the tradecraft of the lie.

Once plurality is established inside an argument, if something indeed be false, it should eventually betray its falsification through accrued intelligence. And in being found wrong, become highly informative in the process. If we choose instead to maintain an a priori intolerance of a subject as being wrong, and then further choose to block its research through the authority of clever apothegm, then no probative critical path development (intelligence) can ever be undertaken consequently.  Wrong and seeing, is a world better state than is correct and blind.

This untrod horizon of pure skepticism therefore lies fallow and misunderstood through the sleight-of-hand wherein Pyrrhonistic epoché is straw man defined as a ‘denial of knowledge’. This is philosophical domain ineptness – and creates the false dilemma that methodical cynicism is therefore the only bifurcated alternative offered to the seeker truth. Much of our false skepticism and scientific pretense today stems from a misunderstanding of or ignorance around these key principles.

~ The Ethical Skeptic

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August 5, 2016 - Posted by | Ethical Skepticism |

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I saw your post on Skeptiko where you analyzed the EVPs that were recorded by a user named Matt. I was wondering if you could do the same analysis of three EVPs in one audio recording. Also, if you can compare the voice from a recording of a person while he was alive to the second EVP. Supposedly the second EVP is this lady’s dead son and the first EVP is Jesus! Both the EVPs and the recording of her son when she was alive can be found here

The Ethical Skeptic

Ethan, I bear an allow-for ethic on this type of matter and am not afraid to examine taboo subjects of this nature. Fake skeptics already hate me, and they cannot touch my career so I am free to think and investigate as the evidence leads. That being said, I can certainly run the audio files through scrubbers and develop analytics around the measures, dynamics and ranges – but that type of analysis won’t address the subjective questions you are asking here. The software won’t tell me if the two voices in two separate mediums are a match to the same… Read more »

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Ethan, The first YouTube file is covered over with bike noise and one of those stock YouTube base and tweet backing tracks (scoops the middle so you can still hear the video but have music in the background if your mind is ADHD and you have to have rap backing for attention sake), so the sound was very muddy. Unfortunately however, what the bike noises and the rap beats do – is masque the sound so that the analytics cannot pull off a clean signal form of just the voice. A second consideration is that the voice is in an… Read more »

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