Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™
I like observing people’s reactions when I tell them I am into skepticism. There is usually some confusion involved, and often a hint of dismissiveness. As if skepticism is not important, despite all the items in the news every day which could benefit from a skeptical eye. (Facilitated communication returns? The health insurance bill covering prayer for Christian Scientists? EVERY single article about antioxidants?)
I also often feel like people think poverty or hunger are nobler causes, and those are the sorts of things a concerned teen ought to focus on. You can probably tell that this irks me.
Anyway, there are some people that respond positively to the whole idea of skepticism. I do appreciate their interest and open-mindedness.
How do your friends or peers respond to the idea of skepticism? Why do you think they react that way? I’m curious to know how receptive or apathetic your friends might be.