It's almost like true skeptics are a myth. Oh sure there are people who pin self-awarded badges of skepticism on themselves and then pat themselves on
the back. But they are phonies. "I'm a skeptic" sounds so much better than "I'm a closed-minded scientism thrall".
"True skeptics conduct an open-minded and objective inquiry for truth. Unprejudiced, they have a questioning attitude toward facts and views, and
they are willing to challenge their own beliefs. In contrast, pseudoskeptics are believers, committed to defend scientific materialism. Because psi
phenomena demonstrate the falsity of the materialist worldview, pseudoskeptics have no other option than to dismiss all evidence for psi as
uncontrolled, unreplicable, or flawed - even if several psi phenomena have been replicated hundreds of times in independent laboratories across the
In The Spiritual Brain
, Beauregard made a good point here
also when he talked about modern-day popular skepticism as "unidirectional skepticism":
"The culture of popular science is one of unidirectional skepticism - that is, the skepticism runs only in one direction. It is skeptical of any
idea that spirituality corresponds to something outside ourselves, but surprisingly gullible about any reductionist explanation for it."
Analyzing pseudo-skepticism as it operates in science journalism, he thinks three factors come into play:
1- science journalism arose in a materialist-dominated culture, which defines skepticism in this way;
2- "objectivity" has come to mean "hostility to a nonmaterialist approach to" spiritual/mystical experiences;
3- "few science journalists know much about" spiritual/mystical experiences. (The Spiritual Brain, p.93-94)
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