Saturday, April 24, 2010
A Skeptical Inquiry
Skeptic is one of those words that is wholly misused these days. It has become tantamount to a naysayer instead of one who understands that knowledge can be uncertain and that suspending belief until such time as all the facts have been gathered is a wiser course of action than either denouncement or unbridled faith. Still, there are those who continue to perpetuate the image of a skeptic as someone who stands firmly on a base of accumulated knowledge and dares you with a look of smug satisfaction to attempt any tackle, like an intellectual game of king of the hill. In essence, a true skeptic is one who takes a wait-and-see approach. Instead of listening foolishly to the cries of Chicken Little, he would investigate for himself and weigh the evidence before coming to any conclusion on these sky falling claims.