Skepticism has some rules. It is not cynicism which is, according to the Webster dictionary, the attitude of sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrety of people. A skeptic is willing to be persuaded, but by evidence only. A skeptic when discussing topics uses only agreed on terminology. To a skeptic all ideas, claims, devices, convictions, beliefs are subject to evaluation, debate and judgment. A skeptic is respectful of people themselves, but not necessarily their ideas, beliefs, claims etc. A skeptic does not make up evidence, but refers to established evidence and logic. IN short a skeptic is like being from Missouri: Show Me!
PS. Meeting tonight at Minot Public Library; subject is Richard Dawkins 3rd episode of The Genius of Darwin.