Philosophical Tea Party 2.01
So here comes February. In addition to our Philosophical Tea Party we will be having a contest–details coming very soon!
Here’s my question for you today. A common complaint about teenagers–from the media, from parents, and from teenagers themselves–is that they feel an intense pressure to conform to the group. Hence, popularity contests and dumb fashion trends (Uggs with miniskirts in 80 degree weather, anyone?). Skepticism can be partly defined by non-conformity: it’s all about transcending social and psychological forces as best we can in order to find out the real truth about the world.
Do you think that the non-conformity of skepticism scares some teens? (If they were more confident, would they be more likely to support skepticism?) Do you think that skepticism would appeal to teens who already recognize the silliness and dangers of non-conformity?