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Why I Am Optimistic about the Future of Skepticism

I have always been somewhat skeptical. Even when I was eight years old, I had a sneaky suspicion that I was only seven! Just kidding. Actually, joking apart, I recently discovered that I was into skepticism at a surprisingly early age. When I was at school, a local bookstore used to come along once a month and sell their wares at a reduced price. My family was never one to resist a bargain, and so they encouraged me always to drink deeply from this fountain of cut-price paperbacks. A few weeks ago, I went into my parents’ loft, looked through a box of books from all of those years ago, and was surprised to discover a large number of skeptical tomes. It turns out that while my more credulous classmates were being brainwashed into believing in fairies, pyramid power, and UFOs, I was reading the likes of The Loch Ness Mystery Solved and Bigfoot On Trial (apparently he was found guilty but escaped from prison and has never been seen since).

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