posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 01:27 AM
reply to post by Zagari
With respect, you're referring to pseudo-skepticism, not skepticism. A skeptic cannot say, "nothing will happen." That isn't a skeptical statement,
and as a skeptic, I've never made such a statement. A skeptic can only say, "I have neither proof that something will happen, nor proof that nothing
will happen." That's a skeptical statement, and a statement I have made.
I have never characterized belief as a disease, nor would I treat it as a disease. Belief can be a very positive, constructive thing generally
speaking, in my personal opinion and in my personal experience. I have my own beliefs (although I deliberately distinguish them from things I know or
consider factual, and do not assert them to be true beyond the realm of belief.) But there are those who have publicly stated that literally all their
hopes for the future rest with these predictions, and that they would be devastated if nothing comes to pass. (Their words, not mine.) Hence my
concern expressed in this topic.
reply to post by mikeybiznaz
I agree. As I said, my concern is only for an exceedingly small percentage of people. But for those few, I am deeply concerned based on some
statements I've seen on ATS and elsewhere. I'm just being honest.
As to your question, as a skeptical person, I will accept events as they unfold, whether that means something happens or it doesn't happen. My
financial and material situation precludes the kinds of preparations you may be alluding to, but I do live in an earthquake prone area and so I
maintain a certain level of preparedness at least (water, food, tents, clothing, first aid, batteries, flashlights, and a very small amount of
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