If You Believe…Part II


The following is an installment based on last Thursday’s post If You Believe… which in turn was inspired by a post by Skepdude on the Skepfeeds blog

If you believe that those who are not members of your religion will be consigned to unpleasantness in the hereafter, whether in Hell, stuck in an infinite loop on the Karmic wheel, or in Cthulhu’s stomach, you’re wrong.

If you believe that the Piri Re’is Map of 1513 really shows Pleistocene Antarctica, and is an uncannily accurate depiction of the Earth as seen from space, you haven’t actually seen it, and you’re wrong.

If you believe that the Universe, the Earth, and all life were magically poofed into being in their current form by the spoken command of a God less than 10,000 years ago, you’re wrong.

If you believe that modern science is just a myth or narrative no more valid than any other in factual worth, you’re wrong.

If you believe that the evidence for paranormal phenomena is scientifically compelling, but rejected by a hidebound mainstream scientific establishment™, you’re wrong.

If you believe that having an open mind means credulously accepting at face value any wacky idea that ‘feels good’ to you, you’re wrong.

If you believe that the fantasy prone personality type is a myth because it provides a probable reason for having beliefs that you just happen to have, you’re wrong.

If you believe that cratering on planetary bodies is caused by scarring from giant electrical arcs and not asteroids, meteorites, or comets, you’re wrong.

If you believe that the Sun is powered by giant invisible electrical currents on its surface, and not by thermonuclear reactions in its core, you’re wrong.

If you believe that science can tell us nothing for not explaining absolutely everything, you’re wrong.

If you believe that Occam’s razor logically justifies belief in the paranormal and supernatural as the simplest explanations for what you think is unexplainable, you’re ignorant and you’re wrong.

If you believe that being an expert in one field instantly qualifies you as an expert in another, you’re wrong.

If you believe that you can argue logically and coherently against reason without merely affirming it in the process, you’re wrong.

If you believe that the Clever Hans effect is a myth because it is used to invalidate much animal and human ESP research, you’re wrong.

If you believe that personal experience is always an accurate guide to what is true or works, you’re wrong.

If I believe with absolute certitude that all of the above statements are infallibly true, well, dogmatic certainty is for fools, and I might be wrong.

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