There’s an old saying that God exists in your search for him. I just want you to understand that I aint’ looking.
~ Leslie Nielsen, American actor and comedian
February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010
by Michael Shermer, HuffPostWeekends, 02/01/2013
As the publisher of Skeptic magazine I am often asked what I mean by skepticism, and if I’m skeptical of everything or if I actually believe anything. Skepticism is not a position that you stake out ahead of time and stick to no matter what.
Consider global warming: Are you a global warming skeptic? Or are you skeptical of the global warming skeptics? In this case, I used to be a global warming skeptic, but now I’m skeptical of the global warming skeptics, which makes me a global warming believer based on the facts as I understand them at the moment. The “at the moment” part is what makes conclusions in science and skepticism provisional.