Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fake Skeptics

So, one thing I hate is the fake skeptic. Because, folks, there are really three kinds of skeptics.

There are actual skeptics. Who think, analyze and question things. Even things that they want to be true. I am a staunch leftest but question whether Bush's crazy wars led to the Arab spring. I question whether Free Market Capitalism really would solve a lot of our economic problems. I do care about the collateral damage that might ensue in the form of sick and starving children and think the short run is more important. But I actively question to this day.

There are those who have questioned a thing or two that society propagates and disagreed but do not question a lot of other things.. Anti-supernaturalists, atheists, anti-quack medicine, anti-alien-contacters. They find one or two things bullshit but do not bother to question the others.

Then there are those that I really get pissed off about. Fake skeptics. They decide to join a club. The atheist club. The anti superstition club. The republican party. Whatever. They drink that Kool Aid. They do not actively question anything. They just take the contrary view that their small sect professes. The religious do this a lot. They think Astrology is bunk because their religion tells them so. Alien contact can't exist because it is not in the bible. Oddly it does not bother me when the religious do this because they are not professing to be skeptics.

I recall at TAM 9, perhaps, (and, no, I did not go) there was an announcement that the atheists should not challenge the religious views of theistic skeptics. Try not to offend them.

I call shenanigans!! A skeptic should be willing to examine any belief. ANY! Paul and I spent some time a year or so ago doing research on the Holocaust. I am Jewish and had relatives who died in the death camps. Still willing to look critically at the story and see how much of it is supported. We found out a lot. I recommend that you do the same. Our research revealed some inconsistencies and flaws in the historical story but supported much and I now am totally justified in defending the existence and horror that the Holocaust was. Because I questioned it.

I have done the same for slavery, the industrial revolution, Memetics, Chanukah, Dark matter and many others. By questioning what I thought I knew I get to do two things. First, I get to correct my misunderstandings. Second, I get real honest support when I was right to begin with. I can now argue the areas I have examined. I don't just assume I am right but now can say I know (as much as we can ever know) that I am right. I challenged my assumptions, corrected where I was wrong and supported where I was right. I was a critical thinker and that IS skepticism.

The fake skeptics just join a club and accept the doctrine. Skeptical of what the club is skeptical about and accepting of the preconceived notions that the club professes. I am a Democrat and still spend a fair amount of time considering the benefits of Fraking, capital gains tax policy, affirmative action, socialized medicine and the like. Just because I join a club does not mean I joined a cult and drank the Kool Aid.

-Josh

2 comments:

  1. Your not a skeptic, your a trendy liberal. Your on the official, authorized "skeptic" position, however real skeptics don't pick teams, and don't fall for such obvious bad cop/good cop routines. Real skeptics are too busy being skeptical of all sides to pick a team. Real skeptics distrust authority no matter which party is in office. Fake skeptics like yourself do intellectual back flips and summersaults to protect and defend authority and defend this ridiculous myth of American/western exceptionalism, and the idea that their government is the one government that is somehow above history and above the temptations of empire. Fake skeptics, like yourself, merely replace religion with academia and god with government, and chastise people in cliques you dislike for dogmatic behavior, and then merely ignore it when this same attitude shows up in their own ranks. Fake skeptics are pansies who lack the cajones or courage to be a real skeptic. Fake skeptics are "individualistic" in large trendy groups. They are only skeptical on issues that are popular to be skeptical on.... Fake skeptics are politically correct tools... Please do the world a favor and slice your leg open and go swim with sharks, if more false skeptics did this they'd actually make a progressive difference in the world.

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  2. And for what it's worth, not all people questioning the government blame it all on the jews, I don't. Don't get me wrong, I'm not gonna be politically correct and baby anyone here, jews are just as capable of doing evil and wrong as anyone else is, but at the same time I'm not gonna scapegoat all the jews either. Thing is, look what your ancestors had to go through in Europe, look at the signs, because they are reappearing again..... Rather or not you choose to believe this, history does repeat itself, precisely because people always think theyr above history, in all times in all lands, and in all cultures, people always think they are the exception. I won't ask you to take my word for anything, listen to the big players themselves:

    Bush Sr's NWO speech

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txukr5zgHnw

    Bill Clinton NWO speech

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j1b5RlXQkk

    Henry Kissinger

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bKwH3kJew4

    Tony Blair

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5oIXtA-N7s

    READ THIS ONE--- "Today America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful. *****When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.*****" Henry Kissinger

    "We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and their great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries." David Rockefeller

    Need I go on? I mean it's right there in our face, if you can't except point blank proof, in the form of open confessions by the authorities, when governments have a historical track record of abusing and oppressing their peoples (because believe it or not, rich wealthy people don't care about common middle class or poor people because filthy rich people born into wealth think theyr above everyone)... That's not going to change in order to fit your trends so that you can look cool.



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