126: Cynical & Skeptical with Jeremy Broomfield Posted by duckandshed 1 It’s been far too long between Jeremies. https://duckandshed.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/126_-cynical-skeptical-with-jeremy-broomfield.mp3 Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
Penn Jillette has a great take on cynicism vs. skepticism. HIs basic premise (and I am paraphrasing, see link below for audio) is that skepticism is the distrust of ideas, and cynicism is the distrust of people. Cynics question motives, and skeptics simply want evidence of truth. I like that distinction.
Also, plenty of cynics think they are skeptics. I aim for skepticism, but sometimes hit cynicism by accident; as Jeremy said, it is seductive. More than anything, skepticism is a process, something you have to apply rigorously and constantly. Cynicism is a destination, arrived at hastily and without too much thought.