Skepticism

Skepticism is two-faced. When someone is skeptical of a belief, or of a belief system, it is inevitably on the basis that it clashes with another preferred belief or belief system. Simply put, whenever you are skeptical of one thing, it is because you are not skeptical of something else.

Many -if not all- of those who think of themselves as “skeptics” are not deep thinkers but mere champions of the status quo, i.e they believe the things that the dominant pedagogues of their culture tell them to believe, and they disbelieve anything to the contrary. Members of the outspoken¬†Skeptics Society, for example, oppose “religion” and “superstition” , and “fringe medicine”, but this combination of conventionality and zeal would in an earlier century just as easily have resulted in the burning of heretics at the stake, and the dismissal of the idea of tiny, invisible, disease-causing microorganisms as lunacy. Today’s “skeptics” have the spirit of yesterdays witch smellers. They represent a blind force of conservatism that doesn’t care about the content of that which is being conserved, only that it is dominant. They like to compare themselves to Galileo, but in reality, members of the Skeptics Society are to the church in Galileo’s time as rebels against prevailing scientific dogmas are to Galileo.