Skepticism



As I said, while I overtly identify more as an atheist, that is really the destination because of my skepticism. Skepticism isn't really anything new or outlandish. And before anyone tries to get funny, skepticism is not cynicism. I hate the jokes people seem to always trot out when I say that i am a skeptic, and they instantly respond with the trite response of being skeptical of that... I know, it's generally a harmless joke, but it just shows how missunderstood skepticism is to the general public.

Wikipedia has a good article on skepticism that should lead you to many other expanded areas talking about the subject. The article itself talks about many different types of skepticism, but all in all, it's the same thing, with just finer nuances attached to each definition.

One thing I have done though is get myself involved more with Skeptical Activism. While I was in the Air Force, I was mainly stationed in places that weren't really friendly to people who are skeptics. So when I was there, my main skeptical activism was on the internet. I still do that now, but now I am also involved with a local skeptics group. The Granite State Skeptics is my home group here in New Hampshire, but there are a multitude of groups out there, and I encourage you to get involved with them. At least it will be a group of individuals that you can share some common outlooks with.

I am also involved as a moderator over at the Skeptics StackExchange. Beyond just being involved on the internet and with the Granite State Skeptics, I also get myslef involved with the local SkeptiCamp giving presentations about skepticism and skeptical subjects as well going to other skeptic groups in the area. One day I hope to have enough material and clout in the skeptical movement to be able to speak at the North East Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) or The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM). One can only hope.

Well, that's all I have to say for now on the subject. Not because I am out of words, but I figure that skepticism is a journey that one must undertake on their own energy. I will gladly show you the path, but to really experience it, it must be a journey of self discovery.

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