Skeptics, Skepchicks included, are human and make mistakes. Sometimes we even believe weird things… or wrong things. I’ve had conversations with other skeptics where I wasÂ surprisedÂ to find out that they had no idea what they were saying was false. And I’ve been embarrassed to discover that something I’d always believed was absolutely untrue.
It happens. I don’t judge other skeptics for “knowing” certain facts to be facts.
I’m careful to put a definition on the word “skeptic” that involves what skeptics do or don’t believe. But I wonder where that line is. If someone is popping homeopathic pills while on a ghost hunt and trying to hide from government mind-control aliens, I’d probably put them in theÂ “dude, drink your crazy juice somewhere else”Â category. But if that person’s best friend attended a Drinking Skepchickally and cornered me to talk about how she was freaked out by Splenda, I wouldn’t necessarily discount her right away… but I don’t think I’d let her give an artificial sweetener talk at Skepchicamp.
Can someone be accepted as a “skeptic” if they believe X but not Y?Â Is there a line? Is it the quality or quantity of disqualifying beliefs?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.