Saturday, April 20, 2013

on skepticism

skepticism is not only completely at odds with the spirit of science, its become a petri dish for the incubation of jingoism and reckless a priori assumptions about what can be known or worth knowing. it shucks and trades not with open-minded investigation, or confident reliance on the sufficiency of the scientific method, but with doubt (which is itself an assertion, not a question) and ad hominem attacks on either the query or the querent, both designed to poison waters and delimit the scope of true inquiry.

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