Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I am still a skeptic
The Associated Press has just revised their stylebook to say that both "climate skeptic" and "climate denier" are now deplored. Journalists should now say "climate change doubters" or "those who reject mainstream climate science".
Anthony Watts has said that he too will adopt AP usage. He does generally try to maintain some respectability in establishment circles so that decision is to be expected of him. And he may be wise to do so.
I however have zero inclination to make nice with frauds and charlatans, so will continue to call myself and similar others "skeptics".
I in fact probably deserve the title of skeptic more than almost anyone else. My many papers in the journals attest that I am totally skeptical of the mainstream claims within my own field of political psychology and that is only my starting point.
I also don't believe in Jesus Christ, Karl Marx or Global warming. I further don't believe in the adverse health effects of dietary fat, salt or sugar. And I most certainly don't believe that Leftists are "compassionate".
Am I the world's most skeptical person? Could be. And perhaps because I am not burdened by any false beliefs, I live a very happy life.
UPDATE: Someone has suggested that, as well as saying what I do not believe in I should also say what I DO believe in. And that is very easy. I believe in all the things that Leftists consider stupid and old-fashioned: Honesty, truth, frankness, objectivity, integrity, morality, humility, generosity, kindness, laughter, courage, justice (without adjectives) and, above all, the central importance of children and the family. How crazy can you get? I am old now so what I think matters little but I am pleased that my mathematician son has similar values. He even laughs at my jokes!
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).