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Cityboy 05-07-2018 10:53 AM

The Pseudo-Skeptic
 
The pseudo-skeptics are usually quite fanatical and have little regard for facts, evidence, or truth. They have a preconceived opinion or belief that paranormal phenomena are impossible and therefore set out to debunk, not investigate.

If you have a tendency to denounce everyone (indeed, there are many con artists in the field of metaphysics) trying to explain a supernatural event, you may fall into the category of a pseudo-skeptic. Some of these people earn a lucrative living by denying whatever they are paid to deny.

:) Skepticism is healthy. But, ask questions and do not jump to rash conclusions. If you lean on others who do not thoroughly examine things before lashing out against them, you might want to examine oneself.

Prodigalson 05-08-2018 10:55 PM

So is a pseudo-skeptic a secret believer?

flyingtart 05-09-2018 05:29 AM

Well, yes. Everyone believes something. If a proposition don't fit that world view it's rejected. Most self proclaimed skeptics are really bigots.

Myers 05-09-2018 10:51 AM

Well, maybe some of them are.

When it comes to the supernatural or paranormal, some people require evidnence beyond the anecdotal or other tenuous correlations -- like "unexplained cold spot in a room -- so ghosts." Or "Einstein said energy or matter can't be destroyed -- so ghosts."

I don't think that has anything to do with bigotry...

Cityboy 05-09-2018 01:55 PM

The bottom line: thoroughly investigate before tossing the "fraud" label around, a practice which seems quite common among some folks around here. I'm assuming even an open-minded skeptic will agree.

It is a good practice to trade in your own shoes for someone else's every now and then. A much better one then the childish "labeling" or the immediate "thumbs down signal." Grown-up hour has long past.

Cityboy 05-09-2018 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by flyingtart (Post 744708)
Well, yes. Everyone believes something. If a proposition don't fit that world view it's rejected. Most self proclaimed skeptics are really bigots.

Naturally. Your beliefs dictate who you are. Essentially, they own you. Mine are no different. My beliefs are who I am. Does it make you a "fraud," if your beliefs differ from mine? In whose fairytale?

Cityboy 07-28-2018 07:47 AM

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The Pseudo-Skeptic
The pseudo-skeptics are usually quite fanatical and have little regard for facts, evidence, or truth. They have a preconceived opinion or belief that paranormal phenomena are impossible and therefore set out to debunk, not investigate.

If you have a tendency to denounce everyone (indeed, there are many con artists in the field of metaphysics) trying to explain a supernatural event, you may fall into the category of a pseudo-skeptic. Some of these people earn a lucrative living by denying whatever they are paid to deny.

Prodigalson 07-28-2018 12:31 PM

And how exactly does that work? Are there enough people with enough money with enough stake in denying the supernatural that a person can get paid for saying, "Nope - it ain't true!"?

If so, line me up! I don't give a shit what's true - if some fool wants to pay me for saying it's not, I'm game.

Doesn't change the facts, though.

Cityboy 07-28-2018 12:46 PM

"Doesn't change the facts" -- now, you're getting someplace, Ed.

That's just it. Hardcore, whacked-out atheists (not to be confused with the normal ones), just don't care about facts. Their "shouts and hollering" are their "facts." They won't take the time to investigate to uncover "truths" or at least try to uncover truths. You think these people involved in these threads are concerned with facts. You are a smarter man than to believe they are.

Chinspinner 07-28-2018 12:47 PM

So, you dove with gloves that normals do with hands? Yeah, amazing!

Cityboy 07-28-2018 12:51 PM

Facts.


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