Philosopedia:General disclaimer

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Philosopedia, like 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.

Listings, however, will attempt to document facts and jugments, checking that they are presented in a neutral and disinterested manner and have cited works and authors for further research. Meanwhile, opposing viewpoints to any listings herein are invited - it is a necessity to keep the encyclopedia 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 seen. Using a process of trial and error, the doubting leads to a relative certainty.

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

On the subject of doubt:

* The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. - Hungarian Proverb
* To doubt is to elevate one's soul. Not to doubt is a sign of ignorance. - Epicurus"' (503 - 571 B.C.E.
* 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
* Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt. - H. L. Mencken
* 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 - Oscar Wilde
* 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 six quotations is a deliberate fabrication?