I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not a genuine skeptic, but a pseudo-skeptic and a pseudo-intellectual according to Neo-Velikovskians I’ve met online.
Yep, I’m downright delusional and deranged, because I believe that:
Anecdotes are only useful for the purpose of forming hypotheses, not testing them.
Nostradamus was not a prophet – he may have seen things, but not the future.
There is such a thing as an objective reality, that exists regardless of our wishes, thoughts, and beliefs, and that this is the best, most rational explanation for the evidence of our senses.
The scientific community is not a sinister, monolithic conspiracy bent on hiding the truth of the paranormal, the truth of global cooling, nor skeptics a “new inquisition.”
Barack Obama was born a United States citizen, and his birth certificate proves this.
Claims of the paranormal can be best explained by conventional means without invoking supernatural powers or phenomena.
Coincidences are real, and that it would be an extraordinary coincidence if extraordinary coincidences didn’t happen as often as they do.
The Fantasy-Prone Personality type exists as a real thing, even if it explains a person’s belief that they are psychic.
You don’t have to be crazy, lying, stupid, or uneducated to believe things that just ain’t so.
Unlikely statistical correlation does not equate to paranormal causation, or scientific importance.
Conventional explanations are not weak or implausible & contrived just because they are not understood or known.
Evolution actually happened, and the Earth is billions, not thousands, of years old.
While electromagnetism does play some astrophysical role in the universe, the principle large-scale binding force of the Cosmos is gravity.
Anthropogenic climate change, and the resultant global warming, are real, and need to be dealt with in a rational manner to stave off their detrimental consequences.
Quantum mechanics, Classical mechanics, and the Special & General theories of Relativity are all valid descriptions in their own context as to how the universe works.
Conventional evidence-based medicine is not a conspiracy to make and keep you sick, and is safer and more effective than most alternative modalities.
Miracles do seem to happen, but the mundane actually exists and is much more interesting than any one-off alleged supernatural event.
Black holes, quasars, neutron stars, dark matter and dark energy are all real astrophysical entities, not fluffy unicorns or faerie dust.
Impact craters on planetary bodies are made by (gasp!) impacts by meteorites, asteroids and comets over billions of years, not electrical scarring over minutes or hours.
The supernatural and the paranormal as real things probably don’t exist, just the natural, the normal, and those things we have yet to explain.
Looking for conventional explanations and eliminating them one by one is more rational than grasping for supernormal explanations first.
Personal testimony is not reliable proof that something is real, works, or is true,
Skeptical organizations, while not perfect, can be generally more factually correct, honest, objective, rational, and fair in their treatment of subject matter than organizations run by paranormal and fringe-science proponents.
Meta-analyses are not an accurate way of demonstrating the validity of a set of studies if the component studies have incompatible protocols, or are “tweaked” or “fixed” after the fact.
Relativism and false balance are not the same thing as objectivity,
Astrology is not a valid science, nor does it seem to work when statistically tested, and has been falsified in every empirical test of it to date.
The UFO phenomenon is more likely to be psycho-cultural than extraterrestrial in nature.
Open-mindedness is unquestionably a virtue, but not opening your mind so far that your brains fall out.
Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, Nessie, Mothman, the Montauk Monster(s), Mokele Mbembe, the Mongolian Death-Worm, and other similar creatures probably don’t exist as real animals.
Free-energy or perpetual motion machines don’t work as claimed, much less at all. Thermodynamics, anyone?
Demonstrable science and the wonders of nature are far more interesting than the parochial claims of the paranormal.
Evidence does not have to be “absolute concrete physical proof” to be acceptable.
Claims of fact or statements about reality are not just opinion and immune to being considered wrong just because one believes them.
The burden of proof for a claim of fact rests primarily upon the one making the claim, not its critics,
All views should get a fair hearing, but not all views are equally valid in truth content,
Human beings ought to have the unalienable right to believe what they wish, so long as they don’t infringe upon the rights of others to believe what they wish.
Science and reason are superior to authority, ideology, intuition, faith, and mystical experience as ways of knowing the world.
Yes, I am a pseudo-skeptic and True Believer™ for harboring all these crazy, irrational ideas.
But that’s how I roll.
(Last Update: 2019/2/9)