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Skepticism is generally any questioning attitude towards knowledge, facts, or opinions/beliefs stated as facts, or doubt regarding claims that are taken for granted elsewhere.

It's easy to be skeptical of something you disagree with. Creationists are skeptical of Evolution and I'm skeptical about the claims of religion.

It's not easy to be skeptical of something you agree with. It's hard to find a strongly religious person who is too skeptical of their own beliefs. It's difficult to find a liberal who is too skeptical of climate change.

All people, myself included, need to take steps in our lives to be more inquisitive toward things. Even if it means you having to change your views so that they match up with the way the universe is, or if it means that you were right all along -- you'll be glad that you questioned it in the first place. Question EVERYTHING.

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WingDiamond Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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glazuki Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God gave us the ability to question, so we should USE it!
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Because we are not satisfied with belief, we want to know
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
...but is it?
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LaTexiana Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So are most Atheists. That's the point. We're not infallible. 
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LaTexiana Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
030 I doubt my Atheism on a daily basis, but I doubt Theism every second of my existence. Atheism just holds up better under criticism, and that is why I'm happy calling myself an Atheist. 
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LaTexiana Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I believe that you are speaking of Deism. I myself used to be a Pandeist, but I accepted that "god" could mean just about anything -whether it be a supernatural deity or the natural laws of the universe- (ignosticism) and that realization led me to Atheism. The thing with Deism is that it's still a faith-based claim based on no evidence. It makes far fewer claims than Theistic religions, sure, but it still makes a massive assumption. I simply reject making such a massive, utterly-unsubstantiated assumption before I have adequate evidence to suggest it merited. Still, I have slightly more respect for Deists than I do Theists.

What is logical about ASSUMING that there is life after death? I really don't see any logic in that what so ever. Like none. Assuming that the universe as we know it is about 13.5 billion years old, then I have spent about that much time not being alive.I didn't have a problem with it then. I doubt I will have a problem with it after I return to the soil. We have no reason to believe that life can exist independently of physical compounds. We have no evidence of this. As far as we can tell, life, and the mind, are a result of the physical world, and end when our bodies can no longer support life. This doesn't mean people cannot believe in an afterlife, but I feel that it's important for people to understand that their beliefs are emotionally motivated and not based on any actual reasoning or logic. 

From what I understand, the current theory is that the universe (as we know it) did have a "beginning", and that the theory of an eternal universe was actually the dated one. Has some new theory arisen in the past few months that I am not aware of yet? 
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LaTexiana Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This sounds like an interesting theory. One that should definitely be continuously researched and studied. But, it also doesn't sound very well understood yet. I will never claim that there is no afterlife, but the theory that our "souls" must "return to the universe" after we die isn't going to change my views on death or anything else for that matter. If our "souls" dissipate into the universe, or if they are somehow altered when our bodies are no more, then we are not truly ourselves after death, and we simply become a part of the universe as a whole. I am not opposed to that idea. In fact, I would quite like it if it were true. It sounds more reasonable than any other theory I've had explained to me, but for obvious reasons I will stay skeptical until we are sure to such a degree that if it were otherwise it would shatter our current views of the universe. I think my favorite implication of this theory would be the inclusion of animals and other organisms, as the "soul" would not be limited to humans and other sentient beings. It is not an anthropocentric theory, which I appreciate greatly.

But obviously, if this theory does indeed reach the point of becoming a full fledged scientific theory, with mountains of evidence and peer reviewed acceptance, then it still wouldn't support the idea of a deity or anything similar.  
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Ewillbkilledbitsch Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
And why we shouldn't be sceptic about this statement (on the stamp) first?
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"It's not easy to be skeptical of something you agree with. It's hard to find a strongly religious person who is too skeptical of their own beliefs. It's difficult to find an [environmentalist] who is too skeptical of climate change."

I'm both of those things! Yay! :^D

Though, do you mean "too," as in "also," or "too," as in "too much" or "more than you'd expect"? The linguist in me is actually quite fascinated by this particular ambiguous yet not necessarily incorrect construction.
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GamziMakr Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I question everything, but I don't automatically brand something as nefarious if I can't get a definite answer right here right now, ya know? 
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I question everything.
I am just naturally inquisitive.
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I am skeptical of what's in my tacos
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good thing to be skeptical of! Lol
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MauEvig Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this. As an agnostic I often question both sides of the coin. I am finding more evidence against God and religion than not however.
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Asnea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I love your stamp and your description!
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D :huggle:
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Asnea Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome. :heart:
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t-subgenius Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
The worst deceptions are the ones that come coated in a pleasing shell. Its only after you have swallowed them that the poisons take effect. Though, it really depends on what the idea is on how much I will shake the box. A small idea with little effect overall, (like all the plays attributed to Shakespeare were written by him) Ill give it a decent once over. Something big (like Evolution, or the existence of a deity) Ill shake the box, throw it against a few walls, and maybe play a few games of dodgeball with before I will remotely consider accepting it. Id rather be late jumping on cab and have a good idea of where it will end rather than jumping into the bus thats headed straight for a cliff.
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UnholyKira Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
You have a very good and inquisitive nature towards life.
I like you.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw shucks, thank you! :huggle:
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LolitheLeopard Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's the thing: I'm liberal about most things, conservative about most.
Gay Marriage: Liberal
Contraceptives and Choice: Liberal
Universal Health Care: Liberal
Gun control: Centrist
I'm a liberal but I'm skeptical about Animal Rights, and I think Methane from Factory Farms and mega-beef ranches are causing Climate Change, (and on top of that, raising beef uses a LOT of water!) that's why I'm a pro-organic vegan. I think Coal and Oil DOES somewhat contribute, but Factory Farms contribute the most.
I'm also skeptical about Banning ALL guns in an entire country, but I support mandatory Background and Mental Health checks and mandatory classes on how to properly use a firearm to ensure guns don't fall into the wrong hands. That's my idea of gun control.
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
And in the words of Chris Rock, make the bullets insanely expensive.
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LolitheLeopard Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Chris Rock FTW!
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Yes indeed.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
YES.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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WhiteDraco71 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to see the real meaning of 'skepticism' presented here... the other kind, which you touched on, about only questioning beliefs that we don't believe, is so often portrayed as "Honest Skepticism" that it just makes my head spin sometimes, yanno. That form of 'skepticism' does have a name, I recently found out... some true skeptics have coined the term "Pseudo-Skepticism" to describe it.

That said, it is very hard to question everything including one's own beliefs... I wager I wouldn't be nearly as keen on questioning my own beliefs if they weren't so bizarre. I suppose I could consider myself fortunate to have such beliefs that challenge literally my own sanity, because they've spurred me to literally question everything, including things I want to believe in.
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Sniv-The-Unworthy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm both skeptical and open-minded at the same time :dummy:

Or try to be. I probably fail at both. I am cynical though.
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Mike-the-cat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe in a healthy mixture of skepticism and faith. You shouldn't be gullible, but being like the dwarves in CS Lewis's The Last Battle isn't really a healthy extreme either.
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Akyura44 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well sure, if something or someone has demonstrated at least once that they can be relied on to perform certain tasks or whatnot, I'll have faith in them. But if it's just someone asking me to have faith in X without giving any evidence to convince me that I should rely on X, then I have to be skeptical about faith in X.
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Inspecorim Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
You? A skeptic? No, you're a denier.
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EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
So agreed. I get frustrated when I argue with my sister about anything religious. I say "I believe ____" and she says "well, I KNOW _____." That is the end of the conversation. What's the point of discussing something with a person who KNOWS all the answers?
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MadPrinceFeanor Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Writer
"[A]nyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don't. How can I be so sure? Because I don't know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not. The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that's what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong."

I know a lot of people find Bill Maher abrasive, but I have to love him if for that quote alone.

As to the "liberal skeptic about climate change", I might fall into that category. I think it's happening, but I don't think we have as big an impact on it as a lot of people like to claim. When it comes down to it, this planet has endured far worse than our aerosol and Styrofoam. And when people say, "We need to take care of the environment!" what I actually hear is, "We need to take care of the environment just enough so it continues to be tolerable for human life!" I love the Earth; I'm a druid first and an atheist second. :meow: But I have no disillusionment that this planet could shake us off like fleas.
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GeneralShephard Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Good stamp.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :meow:
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Cynicrylle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I question you and your reason of making this stamp. :stare:

But seriously, great stamp. :love:
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha good! Question away :XD: Thank you!
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Sotkettu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not all scepticism is about religion. For example here in Finland Skepsis ry, the Finnish association of skeptics, does not discuss much about religions. Here is what it does in English:
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In Finland we sceptics are against pseudoscience, like homeopathy, psychics, astrology, UFOs and ghosts. But of course sceptics tells sometimes about religious 'miracles'; that those are not work of gods and you can probably find the explanation from the science why something weird happens. 8-)
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly my point. :) I know I focus on religion quite a bit, but it's important to stress that skepticism is something that everyone should practice about every claim.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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Colliequest Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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