BLUFThis article explains what it takes to be a real skeptic.
In this article, the author Alfie Kohn makes the following points:
- Today the term 'skeptic' has been hijacked by science deniers pretending to be skeptical about climate change, vaccines or election results.
- A true test of whether somebody is a true skeptic is to ask them what evidence it would take to get them to change their minds—falsification.
- A denialist or conspiracy theorist, who is merely posing as a skeptic, always comes up with a reason to dismiss any evidence that doesn't support their beliefs.
- The goal of skepticism should be to get at the truth.
- Some people respond critically to everything.
- A true sceptic actively looks for evidence to prove that their views might not be true and might not be supported by any objective evidence.
- The late Carl Sagan reminded us that: 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence'.
- Worth have a look at a free online resource: The Skeptics Dictionary.
- Another website that is useful in checking facts is: Snopes
- 2020 Karl Popper - Theory of Falsification | Simply Psychology
- Nov 2020 VOX Conspiracy theories: Why beliefs like QAnon flourish — and how to fight them — explained - Vox
- Sep 21 Pyschology Today What Makes a True Skeptic? | Psychology Today Australia