Ooh, I just love it when someone says something so brilliantly, it makes me think, "I could have said that myself!" (if I was that brilliant)
My sentiments exactly.
It amuses me when fundamentalists wander onto this blog and start preaching, "Your skepticism is the real fundamentalism!"
That doesn't make any sense, except in their twisted, tortured, thought-disordered illogic. I try to respond with reasonable statements like "not believing isn't a belief system."
But like they say, a picture can be worth a thousand words.
So maybe the YouTube video on open-mindedness will bring some fresh air to shuttered psyches. I'll embed it at the end of this post -- after sharing ten images from the video that appealed to me.
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Those who are skeptical about science's skepticism are indeed two-faced. They're prone to gullible belief in really weird stuff, but won't believe in the scientific method -- which is a lot more believable.
Great point: if you let all kinds of fanciful crap into your mind, there isn't going to be any way to sort out reality from illusion. People in mental hospitals are open-minded in that sense. They're also insane.
People are free to believe whatever they like. But other people are equally free to challenge reasons for those beliefs. That's what happens on this blog. If you don't like to be challenged, don't spout unproven beliefs.
Final image says it all... "An open mind that demands no evidence will let in an awful lot of rubbish." So to be a productively open-minded person, you've got to filter what's allowed into your belief system.
Here's the video: