The article is a very interesting read, and impels me to re post a list of what I believe skepticism is and is not.
- Skepticism does NOT mean being correct.
- Skepticism is asking questions, and looking for evidence rather than blindly accepting what one is told.
- Skepticism will not always lead one directly to the right answer to any question, be it scientific, moral, political or what not.
- Skepticism does not constrain one to stating an opinion only if one is right.
- Skepticism allows one to change their mind in the face of evidence, not in the face of browbeating, political pressure or snarky comments and ridicule.
- Skepticism is not being afraid to ask stupid questions, and not being afraid to seem stupid to others while asking them.
- Skepticism about a topic does not require you to be an expert in that topic.
- Skepticism does not require a "science degree"
- Skepticism is not denial-ism.