Scepticism: A Personal Relationship with Reality by Christopher Ejugbo

christopherI recently discovered a word that well describes my world view and that is scepticism. Someone said that a sceptic is someone who is passionately unsure. It’s funny but there is so much truth in that definition, especially with the word “passionately”.  Some people are passively unsure and just happy to leave it there. Sceptics, however, are so excited and triggered by uncertainty that they want to find out. It is the belief that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It is the search for evidence that makes one a sceptic. Evidence is not always about feeling, seeing or touching; it is rather about creating the environment for logic and reason to be traded freely without the fear of consequences. It is the bravery to ask the big questions of life and not accepting unfounded myths for answers. It is about not allowing yourself not to know or be exposed to any source of information whatsoever. It is indeed a personal relationship with reality.

 

Looking back, I think I have been a sceptic since time immemorial. I suppose the difference is that as a “self-certified” sceptic, I have the boldness to ask questions, and refuse to take illogical and meaningless “placeholder answers” as satisfactory. It is about accepting that there is nothing wrong with not knowing as long as you are in the process of finding out. The process of elimination is a very important aspect of scepticism. It is something I probably picked up from school days passion for maths and solving equations. In the absence of a formula, you try a few variables and conclude that some of them do not offer solutions to the problem being posed and then narrowing your options.  A very important step in my scepticism is about accepting that certain proposed answers are just not true even in the absence of any answers.



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