Be a skeptic, not a cynic or a naive person

When confronted with a factual claim:

  • A skeptic demands evidence
  • A cynic doesn’t demand evidence, he just automatically assumes the claim is false
  • A naive person also doesn’t demand evidence, but he automatically assumes the claim is true

Both cynicism and naivete are forms of gullibility:

  • A cynic is easily led to believing that any claims made by xyz are false and not to be trusted
  • A naive person is easily led to believing that any claims made by abc are true and should be trusted

Be a skeptic.  Demand and weigh evidence and keep your mind open.

— Extracted from Unspun by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson

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