The phrase “Measure of Doubt” has two meanings. For one, it refers to Russell’s exhortation that we should never take any claim as dogma. But that doesn’t mean that we should treat every claim as equally likely. The second meaning of the phrase, then, is about “measuring” how much doubt, or credence, to place in a theory based on the available evidence.
We think that this title captures our shared goal for this blog: Exploring interesting ideas in the natural sciences, the social sciences, current events, and philosophy, and in the process, learning to recognize biases, logical fallacies, and ways in which language gets in the way of thinking and talking clearly about the world.
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Julia Galef is a New York-based writer and public speaker specializing in science, rationality, and design. She serves on the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics, co-hosts their official podcast, Rationally Speaking, and writes for the websites Rationally Speaking and 3 Quarks Daily. She has moderated panel discussions at The Amazing Meeting and the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, and gives frequent public lectures to organizations including the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance. Julia received her B.A. in statistics from Columbia in 2005.
Jesse Galef is the Communications Director with the Secular Student Alliance, a national nonprofit devoted to organizing and supporting nonreligious students. He previously worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association to promote rational public policy and views. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a major in political science and a minor in computer science. Jesse has acted as a public representative of secularism and rationality in television, radio, and print media, and is a contributor to the Friendly Atheist blog. In his spare time, Jesse likes to read, breakdance, and play board games.