In an effort to foster an alliance of parents who are skeptics, I’ve created a group on Facebook for Rational Moms and Skeptic Dads. Beyond my primary goal of creating a community of science-based parents, I also wanted to spread the word to friends and family on Facebook who are not familiar with the subculture of skepticism found here and at Rational Moms. Every person who joins the group will be telling each and every one of their friends that they stand for science and reason, and while I don’t want this to be misconstrued as evangelizing, I think it’s important to open the door into our little echo chamber and share information with people who may seek it.
I want to encourage you to join the group, to add appropriate links and relevant discussions to the group, and share the facts on issues of importance such as vaccines. Join the group here.
Here’s the group description:
Parents are constantly bombarded with suggestions for techniques, services, and products, many of which don’t meet the minimum standards of scientific evidence.
We all want to do the best for our children, to keep them safe from harm and protect them from potential dangers. But in the stressful years of raising an infant or toddler, the innate instinct to keep our kids safe may trump critical thinking. Even the most rational of us may believe an extraordinary claim simply because we want our kids to grow up smart and healthy, but we must remember to question these claims and insist on adequate evidence. That is why it’s so important to create a community for parents that allows us to share ideas and promote skepticism.
This is the group for skeptical moms and dads who are knee deep in an ocean of parenting woo. Whether it be our constant battles against vaccine conspiracies, chiropractic for kids, or Baby Einstein, we stand as advocates for science and reason.
Our mission: to unite as parents and skeptics, advocate against pseudoscience and quackery, and pass on the love of science and reason to the next generation.