I just had a brain-fart. We’re always hearing about the number of people in the USA, and other countries, that define themselves as atheist. I wonder if the survey was modified from atheist to skeptic what the results would be?
I really have never thought about it much. I would hope that the percentage would be huge, but I doubt it. In fact, knowing from personal experience that most people have no idea what constitutes a skeptic, that number might be even smaller. Yeah, I know that’s called anecdotal evidence, but since I’ve never seen any hard data, right now that’s all any of us can use (if you’ve seen a survey, please let me know).
Scary isn’t it? There are probably a lot of reasons for this but I want to throw just one idea out here for your consideration: Critical thinking isn’t taught in schools anymore. So we’ve been raising at least the last 2 generations to make their way in the world without being able to stop and analyze anything.
It’s really up to the parents now to teach those skills and as we’ve read about for years, most parents don’t. It has nothing to do with class, gender, or race. It has to do with time. It takes time to teach these skills and most parents I speak with assume it’s happening in school. They’re too busy with jobs, taking Jane/John to soccer practice or music lessons, etc.
If you’re a parent, think about who’s raising your kid(s). Maybe start taking time to teach them something yourself. It’s never too late.