Who are the bloggers of SkeptiCare-Bear?
We are a husband and wife team with a strong sense of the need for scientific rigor in the field of psychology and a desire to spread critical thinking through education—although, I (the wife) may be doing most of the writing here. :)
Why combine skepticism with “Care-Bears”?
I don’t think I would have ever used the term “Care-Bear” to describe myself until I heard it in gaming, as defined by the Urban Dictionary:
1 Lightly derogatory term for an MMO (massive multiplayer online [game]) player who avoids [player-versus-player] combat, heavily preferring cooperative or solo [player-versus-environment] combat, [. . . .]
6 A player in any MMO/MMORPG who has a habit of treating opposing players [as] friendly and helping them rather than conquering/prevailing.
Essentially, a care bear by these definitions is a player of an MMO who opposes fighting other players unnecessarily and sees all players as equals, regardless of the artificial factions within a given game. If you want to hear this term in action, hop on a game and mention your belief that there’s a human being behind that character that’s getting killed mercilessly and repeatedly—you’ll get your fill. I’ll admit to being one myself—well, most of the time—and I’m not considered on of the “cool kids” for it.
Of course, the term references the greeting card teddy-bears that became a children’s movie franchise in the ’80s, whose mission it was to spread caring throughout the world.
I chose to combine this term with skepticism because too often I see self-proclaimed “skeptics,” members of our movement, who are deniers or closed-minded cynics. I think I’m a care-bear because I want to come to the aid those whom such people attack, and because I want to understand why people become this way and how we might change their minds.
What is the SkeptiCare-Bear blog about?
Understanding human behavior and showing compassion are important to us, but they will only be a part of this blog. We may also cover topics like computer-mediated communication (CMC; how people communicate in our digital environments), people who get our attention because we find them inspiring in psychology or skepticism—or because we find them dangerous—books and other media related to psychology or skepticism, and other random junk.