Philosopedia:General disclaimer

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Philosopedia, like the much-respected Wikipedia, is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia.

Users, who likely are well acquainted with the school of skepticism, will of necessity approach all materials herein by asking if what they are reading is logical and factual.

The listings herein attempt to document facts and jugments, checking that they are presented in a neutral and disinterested manner and that they suggest other works and authors for further research. Meanwhile, opposing viewpoints in any listings herein are invited - it is imperative that the encyclopedia be balanced with pros and cons.

Skeptics are aware that absolute knowledge is not possible. Anyone with a philosophically-oriented outlook starts by doubting what is said or heard or read or felt or seen. Using a process of trial and error, one's doubting leads to relative certainty.

Therefore, be aware that whatever is included in Philosopedia needs to be approached with serious dubiety.

On the subject of doubt:

* Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow you think in hard words again, though it contradict everything you have said today. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
* To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live. To be lulled into security is to die. - Epicurus (503 - 571 B.C.E.)
* Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt. - H. L. Mencken
* To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood. - George Santayana.

To illustrate, did you notice which one of the above four quotations is a deliberate fabrication?