Hey Pseudosceptics – Does THIS Sound Familiar?

Here's an article by Michael Prescott that you'll all recognise yourselves in.

"Now, as has been frequently pointed out, this use of the term "skeptic" is more than a little misleading. In common usage, a skeptic is someone who maintains an open mind, insisting on evidence for any claim. The more unusual the claim, the more stringent the evidential demands. According to this view, the skeptic has no private agenda, no personal bias, but serves only as a guardian of the truth, who weeds out unsupported allegations and superstitious imaginings. The skeptic is the proverbial Missourian; though willing to be convinced, he says, "Show me."

That's the theory. In practice, things are different. Far from being a state of habitual open-mindedness, today's skepticism is characterized by resistance to any new ideas or new evidence, and unwillingness to critically examine its own biases. These tendencies, in turn, rest on a very definite agenda, promoted by a clear and comprehensive worldview..."

http://michaelprescott.freeservers.com/skeptic.htm

BINGO! Michael. "resistance to any new ideas or new evidence, and unwillingness to critically examine its own biases" Thta's it! That's THE line, right there. Nailed it Michael. Nailed it perfectly. Tell em what he's won Johnny!

and again here "These tendencies, in turn, rest on a very definite agenda". Oh yeah, that's it right there. Nail on the head.

Prescott identifies them in all but name: "Pseudosceptics" or the now more appropriately named "PseudoscepTICKS".

"They are creatures of comfort and routine, not explorers. They cannot think outside the box. They will, in fact, deny that there is or ever could be anything outside the box - and they'll heap scorn on anyone who suggests otherwise. They'll call names, cry fraud, and holler that civilization is in danger and the barbarians are at the gates. They'll do anything, really - except examine their own assumptions with a remotely critical eye."