I've always been a pretty skeptical person. I don't generally believe things people say, and I'm not very gullible. I'm not saying that I don't believe anything at all, or that I think people are constantly lying, but in society people take shortcuts in order to get ahead, and other people pay the price. I don't know about you, but I would prefer not to be one of those people. In all honesty, I couldn't afford it.
The fact that our book emphasizes the six scientific principles of thinking--Rival hypotheses, correlation/causation, falsifiability, replicability, extraordinary claims, and Occam's Razor--makes me feel a lot better about my skepticism, as well as give me ways to evaluate things I may or may not believe. The six principles give me a way to evaluate the world and organize the unknown. I can briefly challenge new concepts, and accept them for what they are or take them with a grain of salt. While I'm certain that many of the things we've covered in PSY 1001 will stick with me throughout life, I can use the six principles every day.