STOP IT! Now.

Sorry for being away so long. I’ve been traveling a lot for business. If any of you do that, you understand. The little time at home is spent with family and preparing for the next flight.

While on the road though, I’ve been trying to keep in touch a little via Twitter. I’ve taken notice of some things that seem to bother me. I’ve not commented on them directly, and will attempt to do so now in this post.

Why is it that people that refer to themselves as skeptics take sides in what turns out to be personal issues between two or more people? Why do we, as skeptics, continue to hound the stupid? We all make mistakes. We all say things we later regret. Why hound people for those statements? Make your case and move on to something more productive.

Sure, there’s the “War on Women” meme. Look at yourself. Are you one of those people that are disparaging women because they don’t happen to ave the same ideals that you have?

I know, there’s a lot of stupid out there, and it does deserve a response. But why keep harping on statements that people will absolutely refuse to take back?

Let things go. Recognize stupidity where it exists and don’t be afraid to comment on those things. Where I’m at though is that once it’s said, it’s said. Nothing but bad occurs when we keep needling others.

Is it possible, in all the “issues” I keep seeing that we all return to being skeptical. It’s not hard. It has to do with not taking one side over another.

I’m not saying criticism shouldn’t be offered when it’s needed. Let’s stop with the constant ridicule.

Let’s get back to skepticism.

I’ll try to start blogging more, even when on the road. Again, I apologize for being away so long.

2 thoughts on “STOP IT! Now.

  1. I don’t think that skepticism necessarily requires neutrality in all disagreements. Skepticism is more about following the evidence where it leads, so I can imagine a scenario where one side is consistently providing inaccurate information (e.g., “vaccinating children causes autism” or “I have PTSD because I have been harassed on Twitter”). In such cases, neutrality would not seem essential for the skeptic.

    It sounds like you are calling for increased civility from skeptics, and I’d agree with that. I’m a big fan of the idea that we should calmly challenge stupidity and then move on. This isn’t because I see it as a necessary aspect of skepticism as much as I see most other options as being counterproductive.

    • I really didn’t mean to imply all disagreements. There are xases though where there really are no actual facts about anything and all of a sudden, people are choosing sides. It really appears to me based on a likes/dislikes model rather than from any evidence at all.
      I’ve been calling for civility for a while. It’s amazing how little of it there is among skeptics – the self-referred “intelligensia” of the world. Yes, that was a joke.

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