It makes no sense to ridicule those who place blind faith in Pseudoscience, only to become someone who places blind faith in Science, Politics, Philosophy, or any other kind of external Authority.
Blind faith is blind faith even if one’s dogmatic commitments are anointed by Academia.
To invoke the words of Herbert V. Guenther, “There is not the slightest difference whether one is fettered by a chain of gold or a rope of straw.”
There are some who think “skepticism” means “the refusal to uncritically accept paranormal claims.”
Skepticism actually means “the refusal to uncritically accept ANY claims INCLUDING so-called ‘normal’ ones.”
There are some who think “free-thinking” means freedom from religious authority.
Free-thinking actually means “freedom from ANY kind of authority which discourages a person from thinking for themselves and conducting their own research.”
The pursuit of Truth is not a quest to figure out whose words we should uncritically believe; it’s a journey that involves learning how to use our own logic, our own intuition, our own investigative efforts, and our own experience as a means of understanding the universe.
So, here’s my Independence Day message:
Always, always, always think for yourself.
It’s not only your most reliable safeguard against manipulation, deceit, and regret, but it also offers you the greatest chance at forming perceptions that are consistent with YOUR convictions and YOUR experiences.
I don’t know where freedom ends, but it almost certainly begins at the moment when we assert our right to be unbound by any form of ideological coercion.