What is a SkepDick?

If you disbelieve everything you hear and tell people constantly that they’re full of shit if they don’t provide evidence, that’s not being a skepdick, that’s just being a plain old dick.  Which isn’t good.  At all.

Being a skepdick is different. A skepdick politely attempts to show someone their belief is based on lack of evidence by using good science and critical thinking, but, despite best efforts, sometimes (often) fails to make an impression other than that of a contrarian.  Arguing through condescension and haughtiness means you’re being a dick.  Arguing by finding common ground and sticking to the evidence means you are doing the right thing, even though people still may label you a skepdick.

Is it better to hurt some people’s feelings or step on some toes if it gets them to question whether their beliefs are built on quicksand or should you just sit back and let them believe in nonsense?  Stay polite and expose how people’s belief despite lack of any credible evidence is the wrong way to live and perhaps the world will be a better place because of it.  Carl Sagan said it best, “nonsense is reassuring but I can’t believe in it and I can’t allow anyone else to believe either.”

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6 thoughts on “What is a SkepDick?

  1. Jason Glerum

    Hello.

    So, you apparently just banned me from commenting on your Facebook page and I’m curious about why. I’ve been following and sharing your page with friends for a long time. I have no history of trolling or causing problems. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever commented before.

    I am shocked to be blocked without warning, apparently simply because I disagreed with the quality of a post and your responses (you linked to answers.com as evidence, for goodness sake). I’m not even avidly, universally pro-life, I just want to see good discussion and rational debate about it, not poor analogies – it’s too important a topic to be arguing with bad logic.

    My participation in and love for science and skepticism is in large part due to the encouragement of debate and contradiction. A simple, “I disagree, but don’t want to engage more about this” would have ended the conversation. I’m bitterly disappointed in your response of instead banning me. That’s what I expect from the alternative medicine world, from the Food Babe, and from people trying to silence debate.

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    1. skepdick Post author

      Jason, I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve never blocked anyone from Facebook. You are clearly mistaken and are commenting on the wrong page. What facebook page are you referring to?

      -SD

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