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bsbray wrote:Skeptics bring a smile to my face. It always seems as though they are afraid of something, but I could never tell what.
Lily wrote:Afraid of being made to pretend I believe. Nothing else. I don't know what you're getting at.
I have personally become skeptical of many things, since I've swung through so many different views, but it has never been part of my nature to be automatically skeptical of anything/everything I come across. I don't make it a POINT to be skeptical, which I equate to being reserved, timid, not very confident.
I find that people who take pride in calling themselves "skeptics" in today's world also have sarcastic, pessimistic tendencies, and also often take to science as if science itself is a religion, not taking it as a tool but rather looking to the popular "scientific community" for all their answers to life's questions. Which is not taking science as the tool that it is, but taking it as a religion. Which I strongly disagree with.
It's not all skeptics, but the sarcastic/pessimistic ones that I feel sorry for, because they miss out on so much in life simply from being afraid to entertain ideas that don't seem to make much sense to them. I have done 180-degree shifts on issues so many times that I realize if someone believes something, they obviously see SOME kind of sense in it, and usually there IS some underlying truth, to just about anything you can imagine. You just have to think about it the right way. Words themselves are meaningless. From fairy tales to UFOs to alternative medicine. I don't take offense or cringe at the mention of "fringe topics"; rather, I embrace them to see what personal truth I can find in them. I am perfectly confident in my ability to discriminate information. And I feel no need to label myself a "skeptic" or to feel as though I have to protect myself from foreign ideas. I feel that attitude is childish.
Hopefully that clarifies my feelings on the subject somewhat.
"Occam's razor (or Ockham's razor) is often expressed in Latin as the 'Lex Parsimoniae' (law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness). The principle is popularly interpreted as "the simplest explanation is usually the correct one"
Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.
wolf560 wrote:If someone believes in something that is not true, that is their issue and not yours.
DJ Droood wrote:I wish that were true..it is my personal ideal...but I see all around me people enforcing their beliefs in untrue things, or trying to enforce their beliefs in untrue things.
Oneonine wrote:Okay so you explain the principle of occam's razor to a 25th century time traveller and a 19th century shaman...
"No set of mutually inconsistent observations can exist for which some human intellect cannot conceive a coherent explanation, however complicated."
echoe wrote:hmmmm....Skepticism is a healthy pursuit.
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