I hate preaching to the converted. If you were Buddhists, I’d bash Buddhism. But you’re skeptics, so I have to bash skepticism.

Edit: As ThatFanficGuy pointed out, this quote doesn't do a great job introducing the article. The author isn't really against skepticism as a whole. He just points out a few examples of what he considers hypocrisy in the skeptic community.


Ramsey Dukes argues that people are going to engage in magical thinking regardless of how often we shake our fingers at them, so attacking the openly irrational just drives them to become pseudoscientists instead. We're better off with astrologers who are obviously not doing science so if you seek them out you know what you're getting than homeopaths who are only obviously not doing science if you know some chemistry and take the time to look into how they claim their water works. Dukes is an occultist and not a skeptic, but I become more sympathetic to his point of view the more arguments I get in with singularity kooks. The world really would be a better place with more Alan Moores and fewer Eliezer Yudkowskys.

posted by Tiger_the_Lion: 1093 days ago