I added NeuroLogica Blog to my Links (on the right of the screen). The reason I’ve added this (and Troythulu’s Rants Blog) is because the skeptical point of view normally spurs on good thinking–it’s a foil. One way to classify skeptics is into three categories: 1) Extreme, 2) Shotgun, and 3) Balanced. The Extreme skeptics are simply at the opposite end of the spectrum from the extreme credulous masses. The latter believe anything and everything, swallowing it hook, line, and sinker. The former disbelieve everything except a priori/strict deduction. This is an exaggeration, but you get the idea. The Shotgun skeptics are similar to the Extreme folks, but they’re a little more open minded so they waste time and energy critiquing nonsense like “Ghost Hunters” (I think that’s the name of the TV show, I’m not sure), and other TV shows or various other outrageous claims. I don’t need someone to tell me that some badly informed, unsophisticated, naive, TV show is a sham! I don’t have time! That attitude again is as bad as the thing it’s trying to critique. The Balanced skeptic, on the other hand, is very interesting and usuful. And, most of the time, their views accord with reality. The useful part is that they’re usually a little bit conservative, and answering their critiques is meaningful. It seems that Troythulu and NeuroLogica are fairly balanced, which makes them OK in my book.