I had an epiphany a while back about being a skeptic and what that really means. I can’t recall, in my old age, if I shared that epiphany or not so I decided to again here. Without further ado – The Skeptic Trap (btw I am a card carrying skeptic).
The thing about being a skeptic is the first thing you do when presented with something is to question its validity. Note this is not actually the same thing as the scientific method being applied, albeit we’d hope that it is. No, a skeptic’s first approach is to doubt anything and everything – in effect it is not true until it is proven true. Therein lies the trap.
What proof does a skeptic need to actually believe in something? Consider Christianity for a moment. Christians believe that Jesus is the son of god, that he died for our sins, blah blah. Skeptics believe that he is not the son of god, and most believe that chances are there was never a Jesus to begin with. Fair enough, considering there is no body, no proof no nadda. In effect that is the cornerstone to the argument presented by Skeptics – Prove it.
The trap in that scenario is this: what would proof all that Jesus business? Say some guy with a beard, in a cloak, with sandals walked on water and turned that water upon which he was walking into wine. Is that proof? Chances are, no. The skeptic would attempt to find a scientific reason for this. Surely this man is doing a trick? Perhaps he has invented science that we know nothing of. Anything but admitting that the dude standing there is actually Jesus.
So in effect the very logic that skeptics use to debunk everything also creates a trap as most skeptics, me included, truly have no idea what would be “proof” of the things that we scoff at.
Think about it. Think about stuff that you have gone “PSHEAH!” at. Then ask yourself, what proof would make me believe?
Congrats. You, like me brother, are trapped.