Speak Your Mind: Skeptical Blindspots
I generally like to think of myself as a skeptical thinker who critically evaluates information that passes my way. However, I’ve definitely been surprised to learn that specific beliefs I held have no real evidence behind them at all. It just happens that those beliefs were in my skeptical blindspot–I never thought to question them!
For example, I always thought that menstrual synchrony between human females was a definitively proven phenomenon. And, I thought, I had the observational evidence to prove it! I’d even heard that the synchrony occurs through pheromonal contact, or something like that.
It didn’t hit me that I’d never thought very deeply about the topic until I read this Science-Based Medicine post by Harriet Hall debunking the same subject. What a weird revelation–of course menstrual synchrony appears to occur by coincidence!
Have you ever realized that a certain topic was in your skeptical blindspot? What was it, and how did you find out? Do you suspect that you still have any skeptical blindspots?