Is skepticism a mental disease?

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Skepticism as “A doctrine that certainty of knowledge cannot be obtained.” Dear Merriam Webster, were you skeptical about it when you wrote these lines? Doesn’t skepticism delutes the motivation for inquiry into what is? At least, you should have mentioned that Socrates vehemently opposed this Aristotelian certainty that uncertainty is great to have.

I challenge you deep thinkers among visitors to my thinking blog. Decipher the certainty of the two far out nonfiction conclusions hidden in my short fictional story and leave me a comment of your discovery. If correct, you will reduce my skepticism about the progress we humans will have in the 21st Century:

A beautiful German woman from Berlin, a renowned scientist named Dr. Zeitgeist, and Bhagavad Gita, the famous Indian scientist from Mumbai, attended a lecture by Dr. Elior Kinarthy at the 1st Annual Futura Science Faire in Palo Alto, California, “What can we scientists deduct with certainty about the origin and end of phenomena?”

“Nothing,” said Dr. Zeitgeist to Dr. Bhagavad Gita as they were strolling out of the lecture hall on the way to the next lecture – Science and Skepticism.

“The truth is, Dr. Zeitgeist, that the Cro Magnon did not entirely evolved from Earth’s Homo Erectus. We are the only species on Earth that don’t have a 24 hours Circadian biological activity.”

“Well, our 25 hours day-night cycle is unusual, but I am still a skeptic about Dr. Kinarthy’s suggestion for science to explore a possible male alien biological intervention,” she said.

“What about his assertion that of our 46 chromosomes, the male chromosome of the 7th pair is genetically totally different from the other 45 chromosomes?”

“Well, you have a point there, but I am still a skeptic about spending money for further analysis of that anomally. We have wars and poverty issues on earth that need our attention.”

“What about the strong resemblance of our female mitochondria to the mitochondria of the Nean female?”

“Dr. Bhagavad Gita, please, the only thing that Dr. Kinarthy was correct about in his lecture was that Skepticism is a personality trait that cannot be altered.”

“When Galileo proved that the earth was not the center of the Universe and the Pope tried to kill him, wasn’t the Pope denying reality?”

“No, he had a healthy skepticism.”

“Have a good Century, Dr. Zeitgeist.”

“Have a good Future, Dr. Bhagavad Gita.” 😛


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