Essay Nature Science Skeptical
The nature of skepticism is that no one's word can ever just be trusted and accepted without questions and without evidence.This can be a problem for people who don't like this because it is fundamentally distrustful, or the people who know that they cannot supply evidence to back up their claims.To the skeptic, the strength of belief ought to be proportionate to the strength of the evidence which supports it.
A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves.
Someone attempting to solicit money or control a population can do it far easier if the audience doesn't question their actions, methods, motives or reasoning.
To turn a skeptic to one's ideas requires a lot of effort and evidence.
The increasing popularity of labeling oneself a "skeptic" has led to a surge in people who have a clear misunderstanding of the difference between healthy skepticism and denialism.
Such denialists mislabel themselves as skeptics, but skepticism by definition requires questioning and taking part in a constructive debate over the topic at hand.