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TOTD 13 Mar 2002

Can anyone explain to me how skeptics got such a bad rep? I suppose injudicious use of logic as a weapon has something to do with it.

-David McFadzean

People who practice a moderate and reasonable level of skepticism in their lives probably don't identify themselves first and foremost as skeptics. They more likely think of themselves as writers, doctors, programmers, movie-lovers, vegetarians, mothers, boyfriends and a long list of other roles before they get down to "skeptic." The people who put "skeptic" at the top of the list in most social encounters tend to be the scary ones, and one encounter with this variety can put a serious stigma on the skeptics one meets or hears about subsequently.


David McFazean is the founder of the Church of the Virus. I took both of today's quotes from a post to the CoV disscussion list.


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Mar. 13th, 2002 02:32 pm (UTC)
i checked it out (CoV)
i am very much aligned
good shtuff
Mar. 13th, 2002 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, the detritus of attachment ;-)

I am inevitably wary of a person who identifies themselves using a term descriptive of personal experience or political affiliation apropos de rien ... such as, "I am a rape survivor" or "I am a recovering alcoholic" or "I am a Vietnam Vet" or "I am a Skeptic" or "I am a Lesbian" or "I am a Mormon" or "I am a Young Republican". The only place that might be appropriate would be at a support group meeting, and then, well, you wouldn't have to announce yourself.

For the most part I think those are things that could be discovered through conversation, slowly, as part of the whole, rather than as visible hot buttons. I'd just as soon they had it tattooed on their foreheads and be done with it.
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