It's because of the "I know more than the brightest minds on the planet know" attitude.I myself am a skeptic and have run across skeptics right here on the Syfy forums that are skeptical about proven laws dealing with quantum physics and the laws of nature and such.I can quote the top ten theories from the top physicists on the planet, some who are nobel prize winners in their field, and some skeptics have dismissed these theories as hogwash as if they are far above the top quantum physicists on planet earth.It's fine to be a skeptic, but a skeptic that is convinced he has all the answers is a stupid skeptic.I keep my mind open to the possibility of the existence of ghosts, although I am skeptical about it myself.People (skeptics) were sure man would never fly but man has been to the moon and back.Skeptics from past ages wouls scoff at the idea of being able to watch pictures that actually move, yet today we have television and movies.Black holes were poo pooed a couple of decades ago by skeptics, and we all know how that ended up. Skeptics have simply been proven wrong more then they've been proven right. It's only a matter of time until somebody with a great mind and insight proves them wrong about something else.I have run into a few "skeptics" that I swear still believe the world is flat.
Hey, everyone. First post!!
I'm a skeptic--which is not the same as a cynic or critic. I love physics and astronomy and have wondered why skeptics are looked at as commies from the sixties. Never understood how being informed is a bad thing...
But today I have only two things to say--one, why are you, DDDDude still a skeptic if they have been proven wrong more than right and where did you get that data? I would question it as should you if you actually are a skeptic. I think I doubt that you are.
Black holes were not poo-pooed decades ago by skeptics (like we were a hostile tribe of naysayers)--they were debated by scientists until we could actually acquire the data to prove they exist. Neither scientists nor "skeptics" debate the existence of black holes today. The data was limited and controversial and that is how science works. When technology could confirm it, what skeptics opted out?
My next point is the idea that skeptics are arrogant know-it-alls who don't buy proven science. A true skeptic always goes by true science. 99 times out of 100 science is right. Face it, everything we own or use is the result of very complex and fascinating science and technology that most of us can't begin to understand. Cell phones don't work without Einstein's special theory of relativity, nuclear power plants don't work without quantum mechanics. Molecular design for new wonder drugs is deeply seeded in quantum mechanics. No skeptic debates this if he is a skeptic. But a critic or a person with an agenda might.
Thanks for letting me rant a bit.
P.S. saw on Comcast a video about the Moon landing hoax. When are we going to give that a rest??? Even Russian telemetry at that time could track the fact that we put a vehicle in orbit around the moon. Considering how mind-boggling difficult that was to do in the sixties when those spacecraft had less computing power than you car, why does the landing seem so hard? That would be much easier than getting there.
That's why they call it rocket science!!!! It's very, very hard to do. Be proud that we did it!